Living End

Living End

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by Hüsker Dü
     
 

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There's no real reason to believe this was anything other than a last little cash-in on the part of Warner Bros., who had the rights to only two studio albums anyway, but whatever the motive, the end results are enjoyable indeed. Stitched together from a variety of shows on the final Hüsker Dü tour in late 1987, The Living End may notSee more details below

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There's no real reason to believe this was anything other than a last little cash-in on the part of Warner Bros., who had the rights to only two studio albums anyway, but whatever the motive, the end results are enjoyable indeed. Stitched together from a variety of shows on the final Hüsker Dü tour in late 1987, The Living End may not be a true representation of the band's sets, but as a collection of tracks by an about-to-crack group still firing on all fours live, it's quite a treat. David Fricke's polished but not revelatory liner notes do contain a number of more elucidating comments from the bandmembers themselves, with Mould capturing the sense of things best: "The music was so strong, everybody got caught up in it. It was easy to say, 'F*** all this other sh*t' for an hour." Or in this case, an hour and a quarter of mostly previously released material, though there were two new songs -- "Now That You Know Me" and "Ain't No Water in the Well" -- plus a merry rip through the Ramones' classic "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker." Production and assembly by the trio's live soundman, Lou Giordano, certainly helps everything sound technically good -- Hart in particular is storming down from the heights -- though there are a few instances where backing vocal mixes aren't quite what they could be. Or the leads -- calling "Everytime" gutteral is almost too flattering. For the most part the song choices emphasize the quick and immediate numbers rather than those where the band showed a touch more exploratory impulses, and while it's hard to fault the song choices, sometimes they blend into each other a bit too much. However, as with much of their studio material, the sheer power and passion of the band often carries all before it, and certainly the appreciative audiences don't hold back their responses.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Rhino Encore
UPC:
0081227992668
catalogNumber:
45582

Tracks

  1. New Day Rising  -  Hüsker Dü
  2. Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill  -  Hüsker Dü
  3. Standing in the Rain  -  Hüsker Dü
  4. Back from Somewhere  -  Hüsker Dü
  5. Ice Cold Ice  -  Hüsker Dü
  6. Everytime  -  Hüsker Dü
  7. Friend, You've Got to Fall  -  Hüsker Dü
  8. She Floated Away  -  Hüsker Dü
  9. From the Gut  -  Hüsker Dü
  10. Target  -  Hüsker Dü
  11. It's Not Funny Anymore  -  Hüsker Dü
  12. Hardly Getting over It  -  Hüsker Dü
  13. Terms of Psychic Warfare  -  Hüsker Dü
  14. Powerline  -  Hüsker Dü
  15. Books About UFO's  -  Hüsker Dü
  16. Divide and Conquer  -  Hüsker Dü
  17. Keep Hanging On  -  Hüsker Dü
  18. Celebrated Summer  -  Hüsker Dü
  19. Now That You Know Me  -  Hüsker Dü
  20. Ain't No Water in the Well  -  Hüsker Dü
  21. What's Going On?  -  Hüsker Dü
  22. Data Control  -  Hüsker Dü
  23. In a Free Land  -  Hüsker Dü
  24. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker  -  Hüsker Dü

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