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Houston 1983 [no label, 2CD]
Live at Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX; August 1, 1983. Very good to excellent audience recording (from Master).
Any time is a good time for the Mats.
And… guess you either like them or you don’t. What’s striking about the Mats is their sense of abandon, which is both invigorating and intoxicating, especially compared to much of the studio-bound stuff that passes for rock in the ’80s. To further belabour a point, at their most deadly, it’s probably what’s it’s like to be Jim Morrison at the edge of the abyss.
Sample this comment by Dan Weiss (noisey.vice.com):
No punk band was freer than The Replacements, which is why you never hear them talked about as spearheading some local scene. Sure, them and Husker Dü put Minneapolis on the map concurrently with Prince. But they weren’t part of a movement. They were misfits who covered KISS and Ted Nugent, turning the latter into a song about boners. Punk should only ever be associated with doing whatever the fuck you want, but it’s not; there are rules and codes and all sorts of wack stuff designed to make you strive for credibility. In an alternate universe where nobody thinks about that, The Replacements are king.
Thanks to THULL (ColorMeImpressed.com) for sharing this show in 2007 (good sound; but those expecting a wild and drunken set will be disappointed - the band appeared pretty sober and in control). And all these before Tim (the album) came along.
Really strong audience recording, especially for the era. Strange performance too - the place doesn’t seem too crowded and there is a lot of audience/band interaction. ‘Color Me Impressed’ is slowed down and played more mid-tempo. A lot of heckling during the show. One guy keeps requesting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ until the guys actually pull of a pretty credible abbreviated version. The audience even starts arguing after the song. Originally release by MatsTapes as MT009 (‘Sixteen Blue’ is not complete on that version). A master tape surfaced in 2006 with superior sound. This is from the master.
Picked this up awhile ago. It’s supposed to be from the master and is much improved over other versions floating around.
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Track 101. Wipeout (The Surfaris) (3.5MB)
Track 102. Hayday (2.8MB)
Track 103. Love You Til Friday (3.5MB)
Track 104. Lovelines (3.5MB)
Track 105. Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley And His Comets) (3.9MB)
Track 106. Johnny’s Gonna Die (5.6MB)
Track 107. I’m In Trouble (4.6MB)
Track 108. Take Me Down To The Hospital (5.1MB)
Track 109. Favorite Thing (4.3MB)
Track 110. Never Been To College (7.9MB)
Track 111. Trouble Boys (Nick Lowe) (5.2MB)
Track 112. I Will Dare (5.9MB)
Track 113. God Damn Job (4.0MB)
Track 114. Sixteen Blue (7.7MB)
Track 201. White And Lazy (4.4MB)
Track 202. Color Me Impressed (5.1MB)
Track 203. Kick Your Door Down (6.1MB)
Track 204. Move It On
One Over (Hank Williams) (2.2MB)
Track 205. Move It On
One Over (Hardcore Version) (1.2MB)
Track 206. I Hate You/Hey Good Lookin (Hank Williams) (5.0MB)
Track 207. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (5.0MB)
Track 208. Mr Whirly (2.9MB)
Track 209. Johnny B Flat (Good) (Chuck Berry) (1.5MB)
Track 210. Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) (2.8MB)
Track 211. I’ll Be There (Jackson 5) (4.0MB)
Track 212. Did You No Wrong
Submission (Sex Pistols)/Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Pussy (Daughter) (Hermans Hermits) (5.0MB)
Track 213. Gimme Noise (3.6MB)
Track 214. I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash) (1.3MB)
Track 215. I Hate Music (4.0MB)
Track 216. Talking (1.5MB)
Track 217. Willpower (5.4MB)
Track 218. Go (5.0MB)
Track 219. Unknown (cuts out) (1.4MB)
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