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This is one of those lesser known bands that definitely deserves wider recognition and, thus, this thread.
I didn't know much about Dream Syndicate in the 80's as I was still wavering between my 60's musical tastes by following bands like Jethro Tull, while at the same time discovering some newer sounds like early U2, The Alarm, Violent Femmes, Psychedelic Furs and also pursuing jazz interest, especially the best of the still surviving avante garde leaders like Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor. Yet, somewhere vaguely in my memory I have this feeling that I saw Dream Syndicate in that decade open for a bigger name band. The lack of clarity and sureness of that memory could be attributed to a bad night for me (read, "to much smoking and drinking"), or an off night for this band I wasn't familiar with, or both. Or maybe there is just a part of my psyche that wished to hell I had seen them. This notion was propagated some time in the early 90's when I came across they're fine album Medicine Show (the live album shown here highlights some the best cuts of that LP), and that desire is now firmly sealed by this recent acquisition, a live album that is so damn powerful that there is little hope for my worsening tinnitus. But sometimes bodily sacrifices must be made for those musical experiences that hold on to you as tightly as Steve Wynn's gripe on his fictitious (we hope) stone dead lover.
The liner notes mentions drummer Dennis Duck a few years ago telling producer Pat Thomas that "this concert was easily among the best that this line-up ever did". I can believe it. Wynn sings like a man possessed by demons, angels and the muse all rolled into one. Guitarist Paul B, Culter cuts some other-worldly guitar lines that Thomas describes as "cutlertronic" (down-right amazing!), and Drummer Duck and bassist Mark Walton keep the burners running hot, hot, hot! This is amazing rock and roll. All these years later, the doors are blown open yet again. Added kudos to Run Out Groove for producing yet another stellar sounding piece of vinyl- you just don't get this good a sound every day.
“In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
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