The early-90's seemed to be some sort of a watershed for concurrently released CDs, what with two Guns 'n' Roses releases, and Springsteen's Lucky Town
and Human Touch
Then there's The Cure's Show
, which started the whole trend of releasing multiple live CD's from the same tour. Yup, we can blame the mascara'd mascot for leading Pearl Jam's record company to believe releasing several dozen live shows from each tour was an astoundingly good idea (wait, aren't Pearl Jam on their own label?).
Anyway, live doubles used to be some major pinnacle of a band's self-absorption - think The Song Remains the Same
, or Frampton Comes Alive
- and live triples were saved for overbearing loons like Yes, ELP, and the Grateful Dead.
So here's The Cure, probably not too many people's idea of a live legend based on the previously available material that comprised the decent but not revelatory Concert
, with what amounts to a live quadruple album, taken from some 1993 shows in Pittsburgh, of all places. I mean, Pittsburgh isn't Goth - it's like, cute and kinda Polish and stuff. I guess it's 'rust belt', but all I know from my wife's friend who lives there is that there's a lot of bike trails. Bike trails are about as dark and foreboding as an episode of Tellytubbies
. You'd have to go to Detroit or Gary, Indiana, or some rusted out, post-apocalyptic hellhole like Amarillo, Texas (where I am now, btw) that resembles nothing less than The Hub in the Fallout
Now that I actually have to discuss the music here, I'm gonna take an obvious copout and plead my 'Live Album Rule of 4½ stars', since both of these albums are immaculately performed, sung bravely by Smith, are well-programmed and paced, but add not one tickle over their studio counterparts.
by Reviewer: Capt Bonanza
(blogging at Capn Marvel's Bonanza [Defunct]