Do or Die

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
When the tapes which comprise this album first appeared, on the bootleg Nico Sings the Void cassette sold at her 1982/1983 live shows, they were the only evidence of her live performance you could find. Today, there's close to a dozen such collections out there, including several radar-sharp recreations of entire performances. But Do or Die, salvaged from both that original tape and a handful of other period concert and radio performances, ranks among the finest of them all. And here's why. Culled from five European gigs during 1981, and featuring the finest of Nico's latter-day live bands, the Blue Orchids, the 12 songs but 14 performances -- two songs appear twice are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
When the tapes which comprise this album first appeared, on the bootleg Nico Sings the Void cassette sold at her 1982/1983 live shows, they were the only evidence of her live performance you could find. Today, there's close to a dozen such collections out there, including several radar-sharp recreations of entire performances. But Do or Die, salvaged from both that original tape and a handful of other period concert and radio performances, ranks among the finest of them all. And here's why. Culled from five European gigs during 1981, and featuring the finest of Nico's latter-day live bands, the Blue Orchids, the 12 songs but 14 performances -- two songs appear twice are drawn from almost every phase of her career, essentially lining up as the definitive "greatest hits" album Nico is still awaiting. And no, The Classic Years, well-meaning hodgepodge though it was, doesn't fit the bill. From the Velvets to Drama of Exile, the emphasis is on the crowd-pleasers -- even if one acknowledges that the things which pleased a Nico audience weren't necessarily those which would thrill anybody else. Kicking off with a chilling, echo-laden "Janitor of Lunacy," closing with a positively medieval rendering of "The End," Do or Die sweeps from the knowing bombast of "Heroes" to the skillful beauty of "Abscheid"; from a positively lovely "Femme Fatale" to an a cappella "All Tomorrow's Parties"; and peaks with a funereal "Saeta," recorded for Manchester's Picadilly Radio in 1981, and the seldom heard "No-One Is There," originally written for Richard Nixon, but dedicated now to Ronald Reagan. None of the performances are themselves definitive -- for all her live experience, Nico worked best in the studio, surrounded by silence, darkness, and friends. The concert environment paid the rent and financed a few other little necessities and, particularly through the mid-'80s, Nico gigged for little other reason -- you could hear it in her voice, see it in her movements, and, years later, still recount it on so many live posthumous albums. But not every flight was on auto-pilot, not every night caught her staring blankly ahead. Do or Die is important because those are the nights it captured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Roir
  • UPC: 053436826126
  • Catalog Number: 8261
  • Sales rank: 198,763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Janitor of Lunacy (4:09)
  2. 2 All Tomorrow's Parties (4:48)
  3. 3 Saeta (4:23)
  4. 4 Saeta (3:05)
  5. 5 Vegas (3:18)
  6. 6 No One Is There (4:08)
  7. 7 Abschied (2:26)
  8. 8 Secret Side (3:48)
  9. 9 Procession (3:13)
  10. 10 Heroes (5:58)
  11. 11 Femme Fatale (3:07)
  12. 12 All Tomorrow's Parties (2:50)
  13. 13 Waiting for the Man (7:39)
  14. 14 The End (8:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nico Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Marimbas, Vocals, Track Performer
Martin Bramah Guitar
Steve Garvey Bass
Mike King Guitar
Rick Goldstrw Bass, Guitar
Eddie Sherwood Drums
Una Baines Keyboards
Jim Young Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jim Morrison Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
George S. Clinton Composer
Giorgio Gomelsky Liner Notes
Phil Rainford Engineer
Phil Rainford Engineer
Robby Krieger Composer
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