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That Striped Sunlight Sound (DVD plus audio CD)

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Of the Go-Betweens, Entertainment Weekly says, "Twenty-seven years into their career, they remain one of rock's most pleasurable hand-me-down discoveries." Three studio albums into the second phase of their career, the Go-Betweens present a live DVD/CD package loaded with goodies for their fans. The Cd includes a 90-minute full-band concert in their hometown of Brisbane, Australia. The DVD includes live footage from the show plus, an hour-long intimate, acoustic performance where Grant McLennan and Robert Forster share songs and stories about writing the music that has made them the quintessential cult band. Yep Roc. 2006.

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Like REM, Brisbane, Australia's Go-Betweens established a huge early-1980s reputation as kings of intelligent jangle pop. And if critical praise were commercial currency, then the Go-Betweens would, in fact, be bigger than REM. But co-leaders Robert Forster and Grant McLennan never found fame commensurate with their songwriting, disbanding for the 1990s and then cutting three peerless albums since 2001. In May, 2006, though, McLennan suddenly died -- on the heels of this career-spanning live set, a CD/DVD combo that unabashedly shows off the band's offhand genius. The DVD captures 16-songs from Brisbane's Tivoli, along with 10 additional live acoustic Forster and McLennan duets. Then, the accompanying CD features the first 16-song live set, veering from heartfelt acoustic duos of "Black Mule" and "Clouds" to 14 full-band tunes that are unerringly wonderful. Clear-toned guitars, spare rhythm accompaniment, and simply brilliant writing mark every song, from the mellowest to the most urgent (McLennan's "Was There Anything I Could Do"). The band equally emphasizes their final studio album, Oceans Apart, and their original 1988 swan song, 16 Lovers Lane, with four tracks from each. Then they range back to their late-70s early days with "People Saying" and "Karen," bouncy and then menacing, covering an emotional range the band made their own until McLennan's tragic passing. You should know this band. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Black Mule
  2. Clouds
  3. Boundary Rider
  4. Born To A Family
  5. Streets Of Your Town
  6. Here Comes A City
  7. Draining The Pool For You
  8. Finding You
  9. Spring Rain
  10. Was There Anything I Could Do?
  11. Surfing Magazines
  12. The Devil's Eye
  13. Too Much OF One Thing
  14. People Say
  15. The Clock
  16. Karen
  17. Lee Remick
  18. Cattle And Cane
  19. Part Company
  20. Bachelor Kisses
  21. Head Full Of Steam
  22. Bye Bye Pride
  23. Dive For Your Memory
  24. German Farmhouse
  25. Too Much Of One Thing
  26. Here Comes A City
  27. Finding You

Disc: 2

  1. Black Mule
  2. Clouds
  3. Boundary Rider
  4. Born To A Family
  5. Streets Of Your Town
  6. Here Comes A City
  7. Draining The Pool For You
  8. Finding You
  9. Spring Rain
  10. Was There Anything I Could Do?
  11. Surfing Magazines
  12. The Devil's Eye
  13. Too Much OF One Thing
  14. People Say
  15. The Clock
  16. Karen


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000CS45CY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The reason robert forster never became a big star, like, say, bryan ferry with a preference for wearing a sweater under his jacket, is that he wouldn't put the guitar down. this nod to mundane craft, and, with his playing style, anti-glamor, however, gave a fullness, mental toughness and far more complex structure to the go-betweens. because robert's guitar was there in the service of his songs, which, fortunately for us, he liked so much, he wanted to actually play rather than front. And that's how this great band grew up. "That striped sunlight sound" is, much more so than the early singles VHS tape, the ultimate go-betweens document. the tour this past summer showcased a wonderfully organic, seriously working band, fully engaged and fully in belief of the goodness of their sound. The kinetic rawboned beauty of their Lindy Morrison days has been traded for a more professionally textured but no less truthful live sound. far better than the stilted, slightly embalmed 'live at the barbican' set for sale at their shows and cherry picked for a bonus CD inside the Oceans Apart album. 'That striped sunlight sound' is exactly how you would want the best go-betweens concert ever to sound.
The acoustic singles section is a nice cubist history of the band, told in the quiet of an empty living room with two guitars. The two, showing their years, do some lovely work in tandem in this part, which shines through despite grant's tight voice and dry mouth. A nice valentine to the hardcore, and it's heartening to see the best songs still have the ability to take their breath away. They sometimes sigh in awe and wonder at their own performances. A small section of garbage that follows best would have been left out, what with talk tangentally equating the go-betweens with god, or something like that.
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...of wonderful stuff...

First, you have the Tivoli footage, done with their current touring and recording ensemble, featuring (the very evocatively named) Adele Pickvance on bass, and Glenn Thompson on drums - they both sing, as well...They are a quite capable rhythm section and add some great backing vocals. What's more is they add a certain chemistry - you can tell GM and RF are having a blast with them up on stage. As a rhythm section, they handle all the GB's catalog quite well, with the lone exception of "Spring Rain" - they don't quite get the Creedence-y swing of the original, it's a little off...

Highlights of the Tivoli set include "Clouds", done as a simple duet, with the added treat of a verse from Dylan's "Love minus zero" neatly folded in..."Streets of your town", beautiful and heartfelt, with a nifty solo by RF and GM counting down in German (unlike Bono, Grant is able to count correctly in a foreign language)..."Boundary Rider", the best song from "Oceans Apart", simply and lovingly reproduced, with lovely backing vocals from Ms. Pickvance....and, "Surfing Magazines", maybe a slight song, but a real concert highlight - you'll find yourself humming the chorus for days after watching this....An Audio CD reprises all the performances of the DVD - nice to have for the car, etc...

But the biggest treat of all in the package is the "Acoustic Stories" segment, wherein Grant and Robert assay many classics from their catalog in acoustic format, and along the way, provide all kinds of juicy background detail about them. No band, no "voltage enhancement" - just two voices and guitars.

It's all sublimely wonderful, but my favorites from this set are the achingly beautiful, hymn-like "Bachelor Kisses" and the epic, majestic "Dive for Your Memory"...
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I bought this DVD yesterday, inspired to do so by the untimely death on May 6th of Grant McLennan. The DVD of concert material recorded last year is great - as mentioned by the other reviewers. The extra material of Grant and Robert playing their guitars and singing quietly in the front room of a house, is very nice, interesting to hear the stories behind each album and each song that they perform, but with added poignancy now that McLennan has passed away so young. He will be remembered for the bitter sweet lyrics and the wistful tunes that he gave us. Buy this DVD and you will have a lovely tribute to the band and a live recording captured recently (and they were in fine form).
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If "love" is not too strong a word for how you feel about the Go-Betweens, I highly recommend that you pick this up. You'll love 'em all the more for seeing their on-stage personas in action, and then watching them play an intimate acoustic set and talk their way through the band's history. Even if you own a lot of their records (as I do), go for it. Some of the songs are from very early on. Some are kind-of rare. The latest version of the band was wonderful and charming. Their quality control was excellent; really, the sound is very much like that of the studio versions. Check out Forster's "The Evangelist" too. It's great, and through it, Grant's spirit clearly lives on.
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