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4 stars After 8 years, the original line up of Primus got back together and in 2003, released an EP/DVD package. Les called this package a new EP of 5 new songs, which it is, where they also include a DVD of neat videos. The DVD, of course, ended up getting the credit for the release as being the main thing in this package. But to the true fans, the EP was the real treat. Imagine, 5 new songs with the original line up of Primus. This is also my highlight of the package, I could care less about the DVD.

So is the EP great then?

Is it worth buying the entire package for 5 songs?

Who are you and why are you asking me these questions and how did you hijack my review?

Let's just act like the above never happened shall we? The EP is the fun Primus back again, but it is also the jamming part of Primus too, not just the "play the song and get it over with" Primus. Primus pretty much takes off where they left off with an interest in doing the jamming thing ala "Grateful Dead'' and "Phish" style. But they also add that fun element back in, as proven in the tracks "Pitcher's Squad" and "Mary the Ice Cube". But they expand songs too, plus add in some really cool progressive elements in "The Last Superpower aka Rapscallion" and "My Friend Fats". These last two songs are the best part of the EP and together they make up over 14 minutes of this EP which is a little over half of it, at least to me they are the best part of it. The other tracks are great, but these 2 are both 5 star material. Overall, though, this ends up being a 4 star affair. I would have liked to have a few more tracks on there leaning more towards the progressive side, but I still think this one is worth looking up.

If you haven't heard a lot of Primus, this is a great introduction, and you don't have to sacrifice much as far as time goes because it is an EP. It will give you a good idea of what you will hear in their albums, some of which are definite 5 star material, like "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" and "...Punchbowl". I love this band, regardless, and personally think Les Claypool is a genius. Besides, many of his influences are the same as mine.

TCat | 4/5 |


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