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Beach Town Confidential: Live At The Golden Bear 1983

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Previously unreleased live show from 1983. Include 6 songs not recorded anywhere else, plus 3 songs available live for the first time by LA power pop masters The Plimsouls.

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alive Records
  • ASIN: B006OI0HK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fan's of Peter Case's early work with the Nerves and Plimsouls have been richly rewarded over the past few years. The Nerves' original EP was issued in enhanced CD form as One Way Ticket, a rare 1977 Nerves live set was released as Live at the Pirate's Cove, a transitional project with Paul Collins as The Breakaways was released as Walking Out on Love, and a blistering 1981 Plimsouls live set was released as Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal. The latter fleshed out the Plimsouls early `80s live set that was first essayed in 1988 on One Night in America. The group's posthumous release catalog is now further expanded with this punchy stereo mix (from the original 24-track recording) of a 1983 show at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, California.

By `83, the Plimsouls were a band with a catalog that included an EP and two full albums, all of which are drawn upon for a set list that reaches back to the EP's "Zero Hour" and "How Long Will it Take?," and "Now" and "In This Town" from their self-titled debut album. The core of the set draws from their then-current 1983 release for Geffen, Everywhere at Once, including the only released live recordings of "Hobo," "Oldest Story in the World" and "Magic Touch.
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The Plimsouls - Beach Town Confidential (Alive Natural Sound)
One of the bands that defined the late `70s / early `80s power pop sound, The Plimsouls never had the hits they deserved, though the group's songwriter Peter Case went onto a long a reasonably successful solo career. "Beach Town Confidential" is a previously unreleased 24-track collection recorded live in 1983, around the time of their "Everywhere At Once" album, though the set list includes tracks from all their records up to that point, together with half a dozen tracks that have never officially seen the light of day.

The sound quality is very good, and Peter Case's production jumps from the speakers; in fact, turn it up loud and you're there. The opening salvo of "Shaky City", The Creation's "Making Time" and "Zero Hour" is as good as it gets, and the combination of great songwriting, killer tunes and maximum energy might be the definition of rock `n' roll, but it sounds pretty fresh and utterly vital on this 29 year old recording.
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This is a great sounding CD, I wish The Plimsouls like all their shows, did way less cover songs, and just play their own stuff. If I could just combine this CD with Beg Borrow and Steal, and delete 90 % of the covers, you would have all the songs of theirs worth hearing live.
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**Review originally appeared at https://midnighttosix.wordpress.com

This is the second archival live Plimsouls set from Alive Records, following 2010’s Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal. If you think having two live albums from the same band is redundant, rest assured both are worth owning, with just five songs in common. Beach Town Confidential has the better sound of the two, with a thick and meaty bottom end that might make you forget it’s a live recording. It comes from a 1983 date in Huntington Beach’s Golden Bear club, and it gives listeners a clear picture of just how good the band were at working crowds into a frenzy with their hard-driving rock’n’roll. They play their big hit “A Million Miles Away”, which is a great song, but I’m just as enthralled with “Who’s Gonna Break The Ice?”, which sounds like Cheap Trick trading in stadiums for small clubs, and thumping covers of The Creation’s “Making Time” and The Everly’s “Price Of Love”. This is fun and catchy music, made with classic pop song-craft and live-wire energy. Perhaps the best compliment I can give Beach Town Confidential is that it makes me wish I was there, beer in hand, to see it in person.
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