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Album Review

The Wedding Present have always been a dynamic and exciting live band and that energy is captured on the two concert recordings featured on Live 1988. The sets recorded in Valencia, Spain and Rotterdam, Holland have much overlap, mainly consisting of early singles and songs taken from their first album, George Best. Some songs from 1989’s Bizarro were in the set list for the Valencia show and it’s fun to hear early airings of great tracks like "Kennedy," "No," and the epic "Take Me!" David Gedge and the group are predictably full of fire and manic energy throughout; the trebly guitars of Gedge and Peter Solowka sound almost unhinged at times. It’s a shame the recording quality wasn’t just a little bit higher, as sometimes the bass is quite muddy, the vocals lost in the mix, and the guitars painfully thin. It can be a bit of a struggle making it through the whole set in one listen, but when the performances are so strong and the songs so good, a less than pristine sound is easy to overlook.


Formed: 1985 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerging in the wake of the Smiths' demise as the U.K.'s most successful indie pop band during the late '80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group's tumultuous history. Initially rounded out by guitarist Peter Solowka, bassist Keith Gregory, and drummer Shaun...
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