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1.60 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Big City (3:11)
2. Si zaljubiv edno mome (5:54)
3. Jovano, Jovanke (7:11)
4. Uci me majko, karaj me (5:27)
5. Blagoslov (2:14)
6. Bistra voda (7:28)
7. Rainy Night In N.Y.C. (0:24)
8. Aber dojde Donke (6:50)
9. Going Back To Skopje (3:32)

Total Time: 42:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Vlatko Stefanovski / guitars, vocals
- Dragoljub Djuricic / drums
- Bodan Arsovski / bass
- Koki Dimusevski / keyboards

Releases information

LP Third Ear Music (1991 Yugoslavia)

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Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars A dissapointing live document from North American tour.

After the last studio album "Putujemo", drummer Garo Tavitijan again left in 1990, this time for good with ambition to pursue jazz career in the band PARAMECIUM. So for the spring 1991 US/Canadian tour his usual replacement Dragoljub Djuricic returned and with Dimusevski already in team it looked like a promising return to their fusion roots. In fact this is probably the closest ever they went back to jazz improvisations since "Infinity" album from 1981! Unfortunately this material is so inconsistent and weak with many gaping holes and errors.

I can agree with Stephen that Djuricic definitely did not have his best moments on this album, but since I already pointed out in other reviews that IMO he is not nearly as good as Tavitijan for the fusion style of LEB I SOL, I will not mention him here again. But I need to stress that out of nine songs only 3 stand out, all of them are Macedonian ethno-fusion and previously unreleased so that's why "Live in New York" can be considered a collector's item: "Si zaljubiv edno mome", "Jovano, Jovanke" (this had appeared on "Zvucni zid" soundtrack LP though) and "Uci me majko, karaj me". Together with "Bistra voda" and "Aber dojde donke" this could have been a fine set of a refreshed jazz-rock sound. However the sound of the audience in the NY CBGB club with female screams is more than annoying and "Aber dojde donke" was spoiled by terrible "c'mon altogether now" ending.

The remaining tracks are ridiculous and unneccessary fillers in the shape of outdoor street, rain and airplane sounds. "Blagoslov" is a record of the blessing performed by a priest over the band members in Toronto Macedonian Orthodox Church! For God's sake, what's the point in putting this onto the music album? Experiment? Art performance? Or simply a religious ritual? OK in 1991 religion was trendy and "cool" stuff in ex Yugoslavia, but since I witnessed what the organized religion en generale has done in the past 10-15 years in the ex-YU countries, I am sorry to sound so in opposition, but I just don't like the idea.

Too bad, a few good moments cannot convince me to rate this album higher than 2 stars, so if you are not a dedicated LEB I SOL follower, do not buy it.

Review by clarke2001
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
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.

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