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The show itself is as fantastic as I'd come to expect. Songs familiar from their studio albums are more often reconstructed than plainly reproduced, occasionally taking unexpected detours into fresh territory. Masterful frontman Mike Doughty talks, sings, chants and scats, improvising as needed, keeping the energy high and the crowd involved.
But you really can't begin to enjoy it until the end of the first disc, when the sonic murk that has inexplicably enveloped the earlier songs just as inexplicably begins to dissipate. I can only assume that the audio inconsistencies are due to the recording equipment used and the circumstances and/or microphone placement involved in capturing the show, because the band never sounded at all indistinct when I saw them, let alone murky.
I wish that the people responsible for this release had incorporated recordings directly from the soundboard, then it might have had a chance of reproducing with clarity the uniqueness of Soul Coughing's precise cacophony. If what's on these discs IS from the soundboard, then the technician responsible for mis-twiddling these knobs deserves a public flogging.
The result doesn't sound like any attempts at remastering would do it much good in terms of rendering the entire show consistently listenable. So you're left with one great live show and approximately 1/2 of a great live recording. It's just a shame that this is what stands as the historical artifact of their last performance...
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Although the sound quality is a bit "off", the album is great. However the show is INCOMPLETE! Read morePublished 23 months ago by shane guile
My son in law loved this, Arrived in perfect condition. yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yadaPublished on February 3, 2013 by Lesley Sadol