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Matching Mole


Canterbury Scene

3.56 | 22 ratings

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Sean Trane
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4 stars While MM had only managed 11 months together, they left an impressive discography of two highly influential studio albums before breaking up. No live recording were ever released, which was a sad thing since MM was quite a different group on stage than in the studio (Wyatt's vocal effects being almost impossible to duplicate). In 94, this BBC concert was released and it proved to the first of four Live release, even if this particular recording will see the light in a different format in 03. It is an In Concert feature from late July 72, just as their second album LRR was almost finished; less than three months away from the group's demise. His "session starts on the best Wyatt scat vocals ever with Instant Pussy, he yodels away madly in their best-ever version of this track. The next three tracks have been already featured in this compilation, but are presented in much different versions and you'd have to be a chiefmasterconoisseur to guess blindly where Lithing And Gracing track begins. LAG sees MM in full madness roaring at 120 MPH, and Marchides sees McRae's Fender Rhodes take a solid intro, before the group blinds us with their dexterity and virtuosity a bit further down the track. Part Of The dance is again much livelier in this version than either the radio or studio version. Here, it is the pinnacle of MM's short career, with Phil Miller shinning throughout the 6 minutes of the track. Absolutely essential stuff, with the closer ode to Benj (a roadie) melted in as a finale for the track.

Not exactly a long "album" (the 23 minutes would make it an EP), this concert recording is for me the very essence of MM, so it would be essential, no matter how short the recording is. However, the dilemma is now taken away as the 03 Hux release is a complete BBC session clocking in at 77 minutes, making this version almost forgettable, unless you're a completist.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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