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Leb I Sol


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1 stars This is a weak LEB I SOL's live document; actually, it's probably the weakest thing LEB I SOL ever issued. Let me explain why. Well, the problem does not lie in the fact that all the songs suffer from poor performance (and for terrible sound quality as well). The problem lies in the fact the the guys from the band tried to make some sort of audio documentary from their North American Tour in the early 90s. This does not necessary have to be a bad idea, but I am almost one hundred percent sure that was not their intention at first place, they did it simply to spread the material over the reasonable CD length (little bit more than forty minutes).

Having that said, do not except any audio version of Michael Palin here. Occasionally, between tracks, you can hear audio excerpts from the events on their Tour: sound of rain in New York City, blessing from Orthodox priest, airport and airplane sounds from their travel back home. Unnecessary. It seems like they have a complex coming from the small and relatively unknown rock community, and they just wanted to be "big", "famous" and to have live document from the Big Apple. The songs were performed in famous (and overrated) CBGB club, and the time for the performance is limited even for the most famous names. I really do not understand why they just didn't played songs in some other NYC club, if they wanted to remain faithful to this CD, title-wise. I'm sure there are loads of venues in the Big Apple. If they wanted to include some interesting audio sketches on CD, there are so many better things to include: interviews, different takes, mistakes...

So much for the concept of this album. Now a few words about the music itself, but only a few, because actually it doesn't deserve more than a sentence or two.

It's terrible. The first thing you will notice is awful drumming. Dragoljub Djuricic is a strange man: on some live gigs his drumming is perfect, and on the other hand he sometimes sounds like a total amateur. This was one of his bad days, definitely. Muddy recording didn't help much, sound's peak is around 8-10kHz, amplifying the noises from the audience. I must admit that was a common feature of many taped LEB I SOL live recordings from the eighties. On the other hand, the concert that I witnessed was (and still is) the best musical experience of my life. That's one reason more why I was so disappointed with this one. Some tracks were previously unreleased, but even that can't save this extremely poor issue. This is only for die-hard LEB I SOL completists. This album does not contain fillers, this album IS a filler.

clarke2001 | 1/5 |


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