4/10 Dave Staff review, 02 September 2011
Two "great" bands...together at last...collaborating on a piece of work that the New York Times called "...incendiary..." and I call "....pointless...". I never really gave Primal Scream the time, because I always thought they were shite. With the exception of one or two songs from "Vanishing Point" and that other one "Xtrmin8tor" or however the fuck you spell it, I was always unmoved by the majority of their...eerrmmm, "canon". Same goes for MC5, I understand how "seminal" and important they were/are but I reckon what they were doing was just a precursor to summat that was a bit better. Like Alice Cooper or The Stooges (Both Detroit lads), who I guess are closer to my heart. This "union" is quite underwhelming. On the first side they take us through four tracks of sonic assault, with the annoying "Moving On Up" standing out as the best track. The rest sounds like a load of LSD casualties shouting and playing instruments. I guess you had to be there. On the other side they play the massive "Black To Comm" in its pissing entirety. Their side also sounds like a load of LSD casualties shouting. The sound on this record is pretty good, it's punchy and sounds great for a live album. Then why am I so unmoved by the whole thing? It's a solid live rock album, but played by a load of coked up schmucks with way too much money and kudos. Norman Records understands that these two groups are trying to hammer out a (drug) deal and we will keep you posted. An album that will delight many, and piss off some...such as Business Lady...
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