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If you’re a Modern Lovers fan, you already own and love their definitive album (The Modern Lovers, recorded in 1973 and originally released in 1976). During the time of that album’s troubled production, several live performances in Boston and Berkeley were caught on tape, resulting in this kookily charming collection of live versions of many of that seminal album’s tracks.  The sound is rough and tumble and some moments are brighter than others, but even audiophiles can be won over by sheer Modern Lovers magic. While the studio versions of these songs stand well enough on their own, here the raw, youthful energy of Jonathan Richman and his band breaks through the ennui (or is it bemusement?) of their live audience, showing once again why songs like “She Cracked” and “Roadrunner” are often pointed to as pure pre-punk punk.  Additional tracks include the pleading “Dance with Me” (where Richman hilariously chastises a would-be girlfriend for wasting her time listening to Santana records in her dorm), a top-notch cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Foggy Notion,” and the romantic “A Plea for Tenderness.”  A crowning moment may be Richman’s lyrical exhortations directing a crowd of Harvard students to face the sexual tension in the air on “The Mixer (Men and Women Together).”   (NOTE: This is the U.S. version of this collection; an import version was released in 2005 on France’s Last Call Records, entitled Live at the Longbranch and More, with a slightly different track list.)

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A Real Rara Avis

This is a veritable treasure trove of music history! I love it!

Wonderous Corniness

When I had this tape I played it 'til it broke then I fixed it. Essential if you want to hear the Modern Lovers reveal their personalities to a handful of saloon patrons and at a Harvard "mixer".


i like this version of roadrunner more than the original


Genre: Rock

Singer/songwriter Jonathan Richman is sufficiently well-established as a solo artist, and it's easy to overlook the fact that the moniker sometimes used for his backing band, the Modern Lovers, was once connected to a coherent group of which Richman was a member. The Boston-based group the Modern Lovers is of such significance to American underground rock that they deserve separate consideration from Richman's own body of work, although many of the songs they recorded carried over into Richman's...
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