Heh heh, here's a doozie from Big O (where else? ED.....I getting tired of saying that! "Well stop saying it then!")
Fairly rare on here even on Big O but here's a double CD set that should make you sit up and take notice of an extraordinary band
Big O say
Houston 1983 [no label, 2CD]Any time is a good time for the Mats.
Live at Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX; August 1, 1983. Very good to excellent audience recording (from Master).
And… guess you either like them or you don’t. What’s striking about the Mats is their sense of abandon, which is both invigorating and intoxicating, especially compared to much of the studio-bound stuff that passes for rock in the ’80s. To further belabour a point, at their most deadly, it’s probably what’s it’s like to be Jim Morrison at the edge of the abyss.
Sample this comment by Dan Weiss (noisey.vice.com):
No punk band was freer than The Replacements, which is why you never hear them talked about as spearheading some local scene. Sure, them and Husker Dü put Minneapolis on the map concurrently with Prince. But they weren’t part of a movement. They were misfits who covered KISS and Ted Nugent, turning the latter into a song about boners. Punk should only ever be associated with doing whatever the fuck you want, but it’s not; there are rules and codes and all sorts of wack stuff designed to make you strive for credibility. In an alternate universe where nobody thinks about that, The Replacements are king.
Thanks to THULL (ColorMeImpressed.com) for sharing this show in 2007 (good sound; but those expecting a wild and drunken set will be disappointed - the band appeared pretty sober and in control). And all these before Tim (the album) came along.
Really strong audience recording, especially for the era. Strange performance too - the place doesn’t seem too crowded and there is a lot of audience/band interaction. ‘Color Me Impressed’ is slowed down and played more mid-tempo. A lot of heckling during the show. One guy keeps requesting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ until the guys actually pull of a pretty credible abbreviated version. The audience even starts arguing after the song. Originally release by MatsTapes as MT009 (‘Sixteen Blue’ is not complete on that version). A master tape surfaced in 2006 with superior sound. This is from the master.
Picked this up awhile ago. It’s supposed to be from the master and is much improved over other versions floating around.