This is a mostly enjoyable but hard-to-find live gem of the still-young Cure.
Due to Smith only having two hands, the album's sound revolves around his swirly wall of guitars and NOT around synthesized keyboards as might be expected.
The recording is decent enough for something that resembles an import bought for $49.95 from a disreputable downtown independent record store, but I wouldn't go putting it on your 5.1 surround system looking for transformative powers or anything.
material - especially "One Hundred Years" - doesn't sound nearly as thick as the Top
stuff (all those flangers and choruses and shit, along with a shrill mix, render Smith's guitar about as heavy as those on the last Jose Feliciano record), and not even in the same postal district as the original Pornography
"A Forest" sounds about three times as loud as the studio version, because the band slow it down, despite the best attempts of the poppy rhythm section. So overall, The Cure cut the heads off the good songs, and give the bad ones some legs.Rated:
by Reviewer: Capt Bonanza