REED, LOU - CD
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DICK AND STEVE?

LABEL:
Missing Link 51474
SOURCE:
Konsert Hauset, Stockholm, Sweeden - 14 May 1974
FORMAT:
1 CD
RUNNING TIME:
60 min.
SOUND/SOURCE:
FM soundboard
PACKAGING:
Jewel case
 

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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 8

 
TRACK LIST:
Lady Day; Ride Sally Ride; White Light/White Heat; Sister Ray; Sweet Jane; Vicious; Rock And Roll; Oh, Jim; Walk On The Wild Side; I'm Waiting For The Man
 
REVIEW:
An exceptionally clean soundboard stereo FM broadcast. Advertisements have cited that this is a boot taken from a radio master reel and is more complete than past versions. Don't be too misled: you don't get the complete show, you get the complete broadcast which very obviously starts late in the set since Lou says 'Good night' after the the third song. Whether some of the remaining 7 tracks are from earlier in the set I can't tell -- any Louphiles out there know a typical set order for 74??. A few of the songs actually fade in too.

The performance is typical deadpan Lou most times, and some rather curious re-arrangements of his then-standards that focus on funk-influenced keyboards. I think there's actually a clavinet in there somewhere! Someone had clearly been listening to Funkadelic -- Sweet Jane intros with a lick ripped right out of 'Red Hot Mama.' The band takes out several tracks with some nice jams.

Overall the sound is a bit tightly mixed, as most FM broadcasts are. Packaging has clean period pics. Of particular note is a shot of Lou onstage doing what has to be his best Klaus Kinski impersonation, complete with Nosferatu coloring (read: pale and undead-like).

The one major drawback of this release, which somehow can't be expressed in the rating system, but needs to be clearly stated:

BUYER BEWARE: TWO SECOND GAPS BETWEEN TRACKS!!

The sloppy folks at Missing Link commit this unfathomable error for this day and age. Inexcusable and amateurish, especially for a live show. We should all be given replacement copies when they correct this error.

jdstone


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