Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Public Image Limited - "Live At Rockpalast 1983" DVD + CD

Packaged separately, this set of classic PiL sees John Lydon joined by a young Martin Atkins and some session musicians for a roll through the band's finest era. We get well-played classics like "Public Image", "Religion", "Flowers Of Romance", "Chant", "(This Is Not A) Love Song",, "Under The House", and even an odd cover of "Anarchy In The UK".

The band were at the end of their reign as innovators by 1983, with a move towards a more streamlined sound (hinted at by "Love Song", "Bad Life", etc.), but the tracks here are faithful to PiL's early and influential melding of dub, punk, and krautrock.

The DVD is a wonderful pro-shot, multi-camera presentation, capturing both Lydon's charismatic antics and Atkins' sinewy drumming. The CD is equally as superb, with a clear, well-recorded sound that could almost be mistaken for a studio product. Essential documents for Public Image fans, and far from the bootlegs that these may look like. (MIG Music)

PiL Official site

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