Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Plimsouls • Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal

A phenomenally hot show, recorded on Halloween 1981 by The Plimsouls, Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal is a steamin' disc featuring highlights from their first two albums, before the second one was released. They recorded this one at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, and though the sound quality isn't exactly Frampton Comes Alive, it's certainly no frills but all thrills.

Here Peter Case, Eddie Muñoz, Dave Pahoa and Lou Ramirez turn in a barn burner featuring "A Million Miles Away," one of the greatest rock songs of all time, "Hush Hush," "Zero Hour" and more of their own tunes, plus scorching covers of The Easybeats' "Sorry" (before The Three O'Clock recorded it, looks like) and The Kinks' early "Come On Now." The 14-track show is available on CD and limited edition (1,000 copies) vinyl, which also includes a peachy keen poster to hang up on your wall, if you still do that sorta thing. Naturally, I went for the vinyl, and naturally I was almost completely satisfied. I mean, I was hoping for a higher quality recording, but this ain't the '70s, and bands don't typically go into the studio to fix up all the fluffs they committed before God, the crowd, and the remote truck.

So Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal is a high energy power pop glop of wax, and the only real odd thing is that there is no title track! They should've called it Shaky City, since that song is actually performed here. Regardless, however you come across it, be it buy, borrow or steal, you'll dig this one.
4/5 (Alive Naturalsound)

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