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3.77 | 27 ratings

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3 stars Finally- after all of these years, an official live Egg release! A band with such musicianship is worthy.

To anyone unfamiliar with Egg- it is a three piece experimental organ-dominated group under the leadership of bass player Mont Campbell. The music itself is difficult to describe with words. Sometimes it's heavy. Sometimes it's jazzy. Rarely is it repetitive. Barely any of the compositions feature common time. You'll just have to listen.

The album opens just as the original Egg album does, with a performance of While Growing My Hair. The sound quality is better than expected and the band has an incredible live power. This version makes the studio version seem stale. I think any prog fans should have Seven Is A Jolly Good Time on their MP3 players. It's a song written in multiple time signatures (7/8, 5/8, 11/8, and 4/4) with lyrics about the wonders of discovering new and odd time signatures. Songs including Germ Patrol and Wring Out The Ground [Loosely Now] have been slowed and slightly altered from their studio counterparts. The compositions are incredible. Ennegram is a masterpiece. Try to figure out the opening time signature, I'm still not sure if I know what it is. On all of the Long Piece No.3 pieces, the bass is incredibly difficult to hear. It almost seems nonexistent. This was a small let-down because Mont's bass playing is absolutely incredible. Egg covers Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business, and hilariously goes directly into a wah-wah tone generator jam (Blane Over Camden). It makes me giggle every time. The sound quality of Mcgillicuddie The Pusillanimous is decent.

I found it to be a great purchase. I'm not sure it serves as a compilation album to new Egg listeners, I would have them listen to The Polite Force first. Now if only I could find some live footage..

Tengent | 3/5 |


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