[Grief] 32AR thoughts
swindonbakery at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 15:06:24 PST 2008
Having listened to the official release about four times now, I can
say that, in my opinion, it is really excellent.
The pristine sound of it seemed strange at first. After all, even the
2nd Annual Report had a bootleg-like quality to it!
At first I have to admit I was still preferring the Paris bootleg, as
that seemed to have a grittiness and a "you-are-there" quality that
the clean sound of the official release lacked.
But you can hear so much more detail on the official release, and for
that reason I think it is superior.
I must say it's odd to hear the crowd applauding, given the hostile
nature of the crowd on 2nd AR! Times change.
If I had one complaint it would be the digital booklet seems too much
like a pale imitation of the liner notes for 2nd AR, almost a parody.
To me this undermines the threat of the images and text on the original.
But I must also say again that I really do consider this one of TG's
finest performances. It has a menace that is palpable. The sounds and
atmospheres that are created are vintage TG. No one else (... that I
know of...) can create this incredible sound. And that is the reason I
love this group.
Well done TG. More please.
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