on 13 October 2013
With the high-profile reissue of CV's somewhat and unfairly maligned mid-period (actually their most crucial phase), I feared this boxset from Intone (RHK's own label) was a cynical cash-in release and wouldn't add a great deal to the band's legacy -as such releases traditionally do.
I'm happy and still a little surprised to report the opposite: these are important and high quality recordings. The clarity is impressive, the quality of material and performance is thrilling -sometimes the Cabs could be quite listless and dull live -and genuinely funky, in fact, I found myself grooving hard to CD1, unable to sit still and having a lil' skank to Diskono; the band are in good form here.
The box is well produced, includes quality photographs and insightful notes. All in all, excellent.
on 1 December 2013
The two first CD's of this live recording of CV are dating from their most interesting live period in 82 (personal meaning),corresponding to the "2 x 45" album, just after the departure of Chris Watson and before their engagement in their "Dance Techno Trance "period. The sound is a mix of old and new: that is hypnotizing cumbersome recording tapes alterning with very funky rythms (drumming was live for a big deal). They should have developped that kind of music instead of undertaking a total mutation losing nearly their originality. Fortunately, these records witness the Cabaret Voltaire while they were in this transitional state, freezing it for the eternity.