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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ end-of-the-year hometown concerts had been a tradition since 1994, but the band had never had as much to celebrate as they did during their five sold-out shows at the Middle East, in Cambridge, Mass., at the end of 1997. Let’s Face It had just gone platinum, and “The Impression That I Get” was one of the year's most-played songs. The band appeared ferociously amped-up on early tunes like “Hope I Never Lose My Wallet,” “Do Something Crazy," and “Devil’s Night Out,” both of which had been fan favorites since the group’s early days. But what makes the album great is how well the more recent material fares. “Royal Oil,” “Let’s Face It,” and “The Rascal Oil”—all from Let’s Face It—are some of the group’s most purposeful songs, adding tragic themes and poignant undertones to the band’s bouncy attack. The Bosstones’ longstanding ability to rile a crowd comes into play at the set's end, and the crowd’s unconstrained zeal becomes audible on “Dr. D.,” “Where’d You Go?," and “The Impression That I Get.”

Customer Reviews

Get the CD...not this download!!!!

This is a great cd...however what makes it great is missing from itunes. The missing piece I'm talking about is Dicky's stage banter between songs. It's what makes a Bosstone's show. Buy the cd!

Get ready to jump and skank

I've been to every Throwdown since '95. This album gives me serious flashbacks of a packed Cambridge club filled with sweaty Bostonians skanking, jumping, and flying through the air. This album shows the Bosstones for who they really were, one of the best live acts of the 90's. Sound quality is great for a live recording. The shows include 4 one hitters but most tunes are from the "old school" albums, Devil's Night Out, Ska Core the Devil and More, More Noise and Other Disturbances, and Don't Know How to Party. The shows themselves left out the more mainstream oriented albums that the Bosstones started writing after their "clueless" movie soundtrack. So buy it, throw it in and Throw Down Baby!!

These Rocks Have Energy

The energy in this album is just infectious. It's amazing. The Bosstones show great harmony on the horns for a live album, and Dicky stays so true to the tune that he might as well be lip-synching. Great value for the buy, too.


Formed: 1985 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

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

A great deal of the groundwork for the mid- to late-'90s explosion of ska and ska-metal was laid by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were one of the first bands to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal and who also helped shift its tone toward testosterone-filled party music. The Bosstones built up a devoted cult following throughout their career, but their level of commercial success never quite matched that of more pop-oriented third wave ska bands, like No Doubt and Sublime,...
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