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Customer Reviews

Dissonance at 120 db's.

Sonic Youth is brilliant in this live setting. Their songs take on more edge and urgency when the band lets loose. Sounds great!

Worth having, but...

Be aware that the Sacred Trickster video at the end is not live, but the official one made for the album version.

Bittersweet

Great live recording, pre-the bitter end of Sonic life… This demonstrates how good the later albums would have been, if recorded with the energy, immediacy, and clarity of this live set. The studio recording (with video) stuck on the end of this, drops the energy level and mix quality to that of a (built in mic) cassette recorded home demo.
One would think this worth putting out as a physical release (or rather, I need to look out for keen iTunes sets like this one, more often). The band’s scandalous, unplanned ending, having (for their own good) split with Geffen for Matador and as evidenced here, upon a creative rebirth, is bittersweet.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

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

Sonic Youth were one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s. Where contemporaries R.E.M. and Hüsker Dü were fairly conventional in terms of song structure and melody, Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock & roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and melding it with a performance art aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk avant-garde,...
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