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4.0 out of 5 stars fun but not great, 17 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Live at Rockpalast - 1980 (CD & DVD Pack) (NTSC) (DVD)
Rockpile were chronically under-recorded AS Rockpile due to Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe being signed to different labels as solo artists during most of their existence, so although they played on quite a lot of records (mostly by Edmunds or Lowe) they only released one album in their own right. So this very overdue hour-long live album, recorded at Hamburg's Markthalle on 12 January 1980, is only their second release. From that point of view, it's extremely welcome, as they were a superb live act and always good value for money.

As an actual Rockpile performance, though, I've certainly seen better ones - which is to say much of the time it's very fine but there are a few mistakes or indifferent solos, with Billy Bremner visibly making rueful eye contact with Terry Williams after one particularly mis-timed effort. These blemishes are few and mostly gone in seconds - the real problem is that the sound is quite rough and ready, with Terry Williams's superb drums in particular being quite distorted. The vocals - especially Lowe's - aren't always that intelligible either, which is a shame given the quality of the lyrics of Edmunds and Lowe's originals and the more recent cover versions by the likes of Costello, Mickey Jupp and Graham Parker; Edmunds is certainly in fine voice though, as is Billy Bremner.

I find the slightly inferior sound quality is much less bothersome watching the DVD, even though the picture quality is very much of its time and the DVD doesn't actually sound any better than the CD - with the latter, you're forced to concentrate on the sound rather than the whole performance. They certainly look like they're having fun, as do the very enthusiastic audience, who are, however, unable to dance due to the gig taking place in an unsuitable seated venue.

So - an average gig with slightly disappointing sound by a band great enough to make this still a largely entertaining release, especially on the DVD - if they issue a DVD-only version I'd buy that.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2014 07:10:58 GMT
All reviews are for the band Rockpile, not Streetwalkers!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 21:16:34 GMT
Thanks Kim - restricting reviews to the correct product is not one of Amazon's strong points.
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