Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Throbbing Gristle- Dimensia In Excelsis (Live in L.A. 22.5.1981)
Throbbing Gristle is one of the few, if only, bands whose live albums I prefer to studio.
This record is from their first ever U.S. show (SWA and 45 Grave opened) and to quote the liner notes, "probably the most viciously nihilistic holocaust of sheer emotional and sonic distortion they ever unleashed. This LP is a perfect document and distillation of the confrontation aspects of the Throbbing Gristle legend. Entertainment through pain. Release through intimidation."
Maybe that review was a bit over-blown, but it still rings true.
WARNING: I didn't break up the tracks on each side for 2 reasons: 1) Sometimes it's hard to tell where one track ends and another begins and more importantly 2) I think live albums stand stronger when you have to sit through the whole thing, like you would at the show. Sorry you have to be subjected to my preferences, but you aren't paying for this...
Also, there is a skip on the record a few minutes into side 2.