Weekly Vinyl – More Sex

9 Dec

Better Live Than Dead
Sex Pistols
(1988)
1209spbd
For a band that only released one “official” studio album, the Sex Pistols have many many albums in circulation bearing their name.
This is a live album.
From what show? From what year? Is it actually them – or a cover band?
Johnny Rotten’s, John Lydon, vocals are pretty distinct and they come through pretty well here so I’ll give it a nod that it is the real McCoy.
It seems to have been recorded in a small venue, right off the board and onto a stereo tape. There is no mixing or enhancing of the sound here so while the album does capture the energy of the Sex Pistols in full flight, it does get muddy at times.
This album has a few songs on it that do not appear on Never Mind the Bollocks… and they are OK. They probably sounded great in the club, but on this disk they are a bit faded.
This is a nice disk but … it was most likely recorded at a time when a cassette company was advertising its quality reproduction as “Is it live or is it Memorex?” And as such it proves that it is very difficult to capture live sound. This record has the same fault of most bootleg recordings that they are fine little snaps but just make you yearn for the real thing.
This disk is a nice effort that leaves one wanting more.

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