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'77 LIVE

Les Rallizes Denudes


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.00 | 14 ratings

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3 stars At surface value and first listen this sounds like the biggest pile of tripe you'll ever hear.

It's a live album like everything 'Les Rallizes Denudes' ever recorded. They had a revulsion of recording in a studio due to a bad experience early on in their career. They must be the only band of renown on who's career was solely based on live material and bootlegs.

This album is raw, brash and very Lo-Fi. and in mono. But strangely this is it's strength. It won't matter if you buy the CD or rip it at a miserable 128kb - the results are still the same.

On 'Live '77' you'll hear an ordinary straight drummer who's cymbals occasionally drown out all other sound which is normally a disaster in itself, and a competent bassist who can hold a tune underneath the caterwauling multitude of guitar distortion and relentless echoed vocals. In many ways this sounds like early 'Throbbing Gristle' minus the keyboards.

Strangely though - there's always a 'hook'. On every noisy track you'll be humming along to the bass guy who holds the whole thing together superbly.

Like many listeners, I find this strangely beautiful simply because of the severe overloading of guitar effects which are completely overwhelming. It's tuneful to a point but reminds me of the electronic noise experamentalists 'Merzbow'. It's really that extreme. The guitars are so sharp that they sound like they're cutting through glass.

By the book this should fail on so many points. It's poorly recorded, simplistic and has many defects.

This is normally the kind of album I would hate. I would never recommend this album to anybody, but it has a hypnotic quality that runs throughout its lengthy duration simply due to the fact that the vocals are enormously reverbed, very loud and sung in Japanese. The guitars are mashed up beyond belief - they squeal, wretch and vomit throughout the entirety of this monstrosity of an album . Quite honestly - I've never heard such mangled and burst guitars in my life.

Iincredibly, this is from 1977 - the same year as the 'Pistols' and is far more extreme and rewarding.

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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