After watching their stupendous set at Glastonbury 2013 l eagerly bought the most recent live album.However l am mildly disappointed This should never have been released as the band cannot hear each other which by their own admission meant a sub standard performance..The sound balance is quite poor,with the three musicians all a bit under recorded compared to the vocals.The drums at times sound like a toy drum set and on some tracks the bass is not audible at all..It is a double CD but the 2nd CD has just 3 tracks on it..The whole project is a bit farcical from start to finish and does little justice to the fine band that is PIL
John Lydon's new PIL is a vibrant band - a bunch of old dogs determined to demonstrate that they are still capable of performing new tricks.
This performance is full of energy and anger - anger, because Lydon is clearly displeased with the sound quality on stage during this performance, which actually makes for quite an amusing listen as he rants at the poor technicians. How many bands have put out such 'honest' warts 'n' all performances?
Spread over two discs (just!) we get the best of the PIL back catalogue delivered with energy, passion and drive. Lu Edmond's bass lines are sublime and Lydon's vocal delivery attacking. His banter between songs is also great fun.
mr lydon never lets you down,a fine live album.either with the pistols or pil john is a master at his art and this album is no exception,technical problems? your havin a laugh...raw,brutal and beautiful.this little gem will not let you down.ivest,enjoy.
18 months into their continuation - and Public Image Limited issue their second live set : 2009's "AliFe" covered the first few dates of their first tour in seventeen years in a fledgling, tentative reading of some of the material : this covers what is hopefully the end of their nostalgia period. Within this is no song - barring the solo colloboration with Leftfield "Open Up" - less than 22 years old. But what songs.
The lineup offers little in the way of continuity with the pervious PiL eras, being most of the band that toured 1986's "album" and made 1987's under-rated (and expensive, long deleted) "Happy?", alongside permanent alumni and visionary John Lydon. The production, and sound of the band, as well as the performance is tight, immaculate : possibly the best band Lydon has ever worked with - as songs such as "Open Up" become so much more than a three minute electro romp and become, definitively, a PiL classic. The guitars are precise, the playing is note-perfect, but spirited. This may not be the nostalgic vision of PiL many of the purists want, but it is a band that lives and breathes the songs and performs them with a commitment.
On this set mind you, PiL offer a clearly warts-and-all performance : the band are plagued with tehcnical problems in "Religion", and "Home". "Home" stumbles and falls to pieces before our ears as Lydon berates the clearly wayward sound and the band - unable to hear each other - struggle before capitulating to the elements. Gremlins are fixed by the fouth song, "Albatross" and the band pull out a strong, and worthy set. "Death Disco" is possibly the best version I've heard, and "Warrior" is, as always a fierce statement of disco intent
And only 80 minutes and 18 seconds though, you could wonder why this comes on 2CD's : presumably it was pressed onto CDR's at the venue, and these versions are slightly more elaborate silver, factory pressed CD's - a first for the label. Overall though, given the on-the-fly nature of the recording and the immediacy of the recording, this is a worthy purchase for the PiL fan and certainly, a very different experience from their other live releases.