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THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW: LIVE IN HOLLAND

The Residents

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4 stars This record is quite similar to Live in Tokyo: in fact, both concerts are from the same tour, but there are two differences between them.

The first difference with Live in Tokyo is the set list . here you can listen "I Got Rhytm", Snakefingerīs solo on "Eastern Woman Guitar Solo" (with a final parrt of the solo that some of you can recognise, maybe a joke from him?), "Diskomo" (in a quite original and interesting version), "Hop a little" and "Kamakazy Lady".

The second difference is in the sound quality. As this record was first edited on CD, there isnīt the remasteres sound of Live in Tokyo, the last one with higher sound quality.

IMHO, those who consider themselves as fans from the band, should get both records, as Live in Holland complements the other record. For the rest of the people, this record can be a good approach to listening the band live, covering and revisiting their music constantly. Any way, this is a great record, where all the fun, craziness, weirdness and, above all, tje enormous talent of a band very different to everything you heard before.

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Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 | Review Permalink
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1 stars My Lord, this is bad. I love The Residents.

Let me rephrase that: I love the EARLY The Residents. After about 1982, they really started to suck. HARD. This album has should have been good - it is not. Imagine hearing your favorite songs of all time played with absolutely no passion, no planning, stripped of all complexity.

Apparently this album one of the more rare recordings of the "13th Anniversary" show, and to my ears sounds a bit cooler (less clinical) than the Japan recording. Not that it matters - neither are worth owning.

Everything is played on crappy sampler keyboards and carelessly programmed synths. Even the presence of Snakefinger doesn't help much; it all sounds the same - very, very bland. All of the songs literally run together, usually with a single low bass pedal tone sustaining for what seems like hours at a time. The instrumentation is incredibly thin - usually it's just Homer Flynn singing against what could easily be presets on a child's Casio.

Although - I guess there ARE some okay bits on here. Some highlights:

"Jailhouse rock" has some bayou-goop fake saxophones.

The piano loop on "Where is She?" is kind of catchy, and it features a nifty Snakefinger solo.

"I Got Rhythm" has a nice shift in texture midway through, when a cheesy drum machine enters.

"Hello Skinny" has a kind of nice synth woodwind duet.

"Constantinople" has some nice guitar from Snakefinger.

Of course, all of this overlooks the obvious deficiencies in the music, arrangements, & planning. Most of the tunes are utterly dispensable, and the ones I described have few redeeming elements. It's incredibly disappointing for a fan of The Residents' early material. Probably the worst thing about the album is that sounds like there are only three people on stage: a MIDI key player, a singer, and (occasionally) a guitarist.

I cannot give this more than 1 star with good conscience - it's not even good for collectors IMHO, since The Residents were over year before this.

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