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- Live Ballroom Ritual by Goat
I was moaning to Mike the other morning as to why there appeared to be no DVD issue of this and he snappily retorted, "Maybe they didn't film it?". I just assume they film everything these days but maybe that's just all the twats with their mobile phones innit? An eternal bone of gig-going contention if ever there was one to gnaw hungrily on.
It's ridiculous how popular that World Music album became but I wasn't remotely surprised. I also thanked the great lord of fuck for BBC iPlayer which enabled me to literally cut out the entirety of their Glastonbury footage bar the electrifying performance by these freaky voodoo-tastic Swedes. Yes I did say voodoo-tastic. The Guardian are chomping-at-the-bit for my unique lexicon abuse. I have 400 missed answerphone messages as we speak.
So...this album. The third paragraph, and I finally start talking about the record. Yes, it's actually truly great to hear a live recording of them. Yes, it is worth shelling out for regardless of whether you've worn out your copy of 'WM' already. 'Live Ballroom Ritual" will most likely just re-energise your love for Goat as it sounds even wilder than the album. They actually improvise and flesh out the songs a bit and so this becomes a fantastic free-rock extravaganza as a result. Not that the end-of-year-list devouring 'WM' was anything less than an ecstatic blast of wanton celebration.
It's just interesting to hear some of the astonishing guitar interplay on these live versions, the timbres and overall sound balance is airier....freer....the mad free jazz sax blast on 'Let it Bleed' really jumps out at you. As as a result of the live mix all these songs come alive in a different fashion. I'm with Phil when he says most live albums are a bit pointless but I assure you 'LBR' is probably quite necessary if you love this band as much as I think you do, especially if you've read this far.
The party to end all parties...it doesn't matter if you were there or not (probably not!) - this kinda makes up for it as it's a fantastic, vibrant recording of a band possibly not even at the top of their game yet. I dunno...a great appetite-wetter in advance of their difficult second album...and you get to hear a stunning version o' that amazing 'Sun and The Moon' at the end. A huge blast throughout. Thank you Goat. x
8/10 Pete Customer review, 10th July 2015
I ordered this as I had no idea who Goat were but heard good things about their ATP End of an Era 2 performance that I missed for snooker. I am gutted I missed them for snooker after purchasing this record! It's odd, but in a good way. There's a bit of everything in this record and it gets better and better as it goes on; sides C and D are where it really kicks off with psychedelic noise (what more could you want?). So what can I say -- Goat are great, so much is going on in every song with this they lively, fun, interesting and exciting band, who live without the usual pressures of expectation or a defined style. Well worth loads more than it's advertised for.
9/10 Jack C Customer review, 18th March 2014
GOAT!!! It's been ages since I've been bowled over by an album as fun to listen to as this. The main thing that struck me throughout 'Live Ballroom Ritual' is that every track is just a real pleasure to take in. Great tunes, great energy, great mysterious sacred voodoo emanations and great outfits too! If I don't see shamanic robes as a key features on the AW14/15 catwalks then my faith in fashion is lost forever. Have a listen, light one up and click buy! You won't regret it.
10/10 Mike Kiker Customer review, 5th January 2014
I was lucky enough to see Goat perform this exact same setlist in Philadelphia, a few months before this show was recorded, and (besides, maybe, The Flaming Lips & Tame Impala) was seriously the best live show of 2013. I'm so glad they released this set warts and all, without the use of pitch correction or autotune, as it should be! Can't wait to get the vinyl!
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