Standstill to Motion: Live at the Melkweg, 19-03-1981

Standstill to Motion: Live at the Melkweg, 19-03-1981

by Minny Pops
     
 
Nearly a decade after a fairly comprehensive reissue series, in 2012 LTM added one more release to the collective works of Minny Pops with Standstill to Motion, a combination CD and DVD covering the band's work live during its cusp-of-the-'80s existence. The CD itself comes from one live show

Overview

Nearly a decade after a fairly comprehensive reissue series, in 2012 LTM added one more release to the collective works of Minny Pops with Standstill to Motion, a combination CD and DVD covering the band's work live during its cusp-of-the-'80s existence. The CD itself comes from one live show straight through, at the Melkweg in Amsterdam in 1981. Beginning with the gently nervous pulse and stern guitar -- and sometimes stern singing -- of "Wong," the 15-song document exudes a compelling feeling even three decades out, when such a sound (post-punk, coldwave, call it what you will) was still something just strange and new enough instead of a well-worn pathway by so many bands down the line. "Trance" helps shift the tone from slow progression to clipped art-funk, with a performance that could measure up to erstwhile labelmates Section 25 at the same time; a dramatic, strong performance of "Kogel" and the focused throb of "Time" are other strong moments, a kind of Downtown 81 feeling on the other side of the Atlantic. "Island" provides a nice look back in contrast, with its glam rock rolling beat a merry contrast to the thick overlay of guitar and singing not otherwise changing at all from the rest of the set. An instrumental like "Mountain" retains the same feeling of focused, glowering power, at once catchy and, if not forbidding, then agreeably mysterious -- and to have it followed up with the catchy skip-start of "Blue Roses"'s beatbox is an amusing touch. The accompanying DVD covers both Dutch and New York shows from the same general time period, the perfect complement to the CD while not replicating the show itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Ltm
UPC:
5024545629125
catalogNumber:
2566
Rank:
228863

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Minny Pops   Primary Artist
Peter Mertens   Group Member
Frans Hagenaars   Group Member
Wim Dekker   Synthesizer,Group Member
Wally Van Middendorp   Vocals,Tape,Group Member
Gerard Walhof   Guitar,Group Member
Stephen Emmer   Group Member
Rob Van Middendorp   Group Member
Rick Raap   Group Member
Pim Scheelings   Group Member
Pieter Mulder   Group Member
Orpheus Roovers   Group Member
Leon Van Zoeren   Bass,Group Member
Guus Vrauwdeunt   Group Member
Esther Laseur   Group Member
Dennis Duchhart   Group Member

Technical Credits

Wim Dekker   Composer
Wally Van Middendorp   Composer,Liner Notes
Stephen Emmer   Composer
Dennis Duchhart   Composer

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