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Live at the Longhorn - April 1, 1978
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
Great early Pere Ubu. It's like the Modern Dance but "Live". Good recording and a real feel for what this all meant at the time. For me this recording beats most of the live releases that have been put out over the years. I do give a glowing review as i still think the Modern Dance is up there amongst the greats.
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Some months after this performance was recorded, I had the very considerable pleasure of seeing Pere Ubu live at the Electric Ballroom in London. They were stunning, and when they issued the live album One Man Drives While the Other Man Screams some years later, which contained some (though sadly not all) of the set I witnessed, it confirmed my memory of how good they'd been. I also own 390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo : Ubu Live Volume One [Vinyl LP], which again includes some superb live material from this period.

So when I spotted this CD, it seemed an absolute no-brainer that it would be a top quality release and I bought it straight away.

And yet I've been quite underwhelmed by Live At The Longhorn. Where I have other live recordings of the same songs from 1978 (there are 7 on the two albums mentioned above, including 2 versions of Street Waves), they are better. All 7 of them. Many of the others are eclipsed by the studio versions, notably the rather plodding version of Final Solution. But Live At The Longhorn isn't bad by any means - it's a decent soundboard recording, the performance is tight, there's some interesting detail, a few songs stand out. It's just a bit ... subdued, even verging on dull in places. A run of the mill gig.

As the only available recording of a whole live set from their glory days (though the absence of Non-Alightment Pact suggests it may not be complete) it's a valuable document. Shame they weren't at their best that night.

If you don't have either of the other live albums I mentioned above, buy them before this one, even though One Man Drives partly features the far less interesting Mayo Thompson line-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Remarkable recording of those decisive early years combining the modern dance with the about to be even weirder elements spying through the cracks.

Recorded in 1978; what took them so long? It contains some of the highlights of the 1970's in clear pristine stereo blasting through the speakers pulling you into the steamy sweaty gig in Longhorn and where some of the strange parts of the era were played out on April Fools Day. Here began the Modern Dance with the driving drums pushing the songs in another direction away form the album.
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on 13 April 2014
This is a fantastic CD with intense music Pere Ubu style. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Also good service and delivery. Thank you.
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