23 Songs, 2 Hours 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A set of concerts from 2009 were made available to PiL fans immediately after the concerts, with this complete concert at Brixton Academy on December 21 being made for widespread consumption. After “The Rabbit Song,” a pre-recorded track of no importance, the concert begins with a strong rendition of “Public Image” where John Lydon’s voice shows signs of aching. Usually a strident, taunting vehicle, it holds a vulnerability here that’s quite endearing. It’s an interesting career retrospective and Lydon isn’t kidding when he tells the audience to settle in for a very long concert. The tracks from Second Edition and The Flowers of Romance retain their avant-garde and dub-like arrangements with the more pop-oriented material receiving a full band performance that’s more powerful than the studio albums. Multi-instrumentalist Lu Edmonds of the Damned is back and joined by drummer Bruce Smith, who spent much of the late ‘80s with the group and new keyboardist Scott Firth, who has played with John Martyn, Elvis Costello and the Spice Girls. These songs still sound like challenges to the status quo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A set of concerts from 2009 were made available to PiL fans immediately after the concerts, with this complete concert at Brixton Academy on December 21 being made for widespread consumption. After “The Rabbit Song,” a pre-recorded track of no importance, the concert begins with a strong rendition of “Public Image” where John Lydon’s voice shows signs of aching. Usually a strident, taunting vehicle, it holds a vulnerability here that’s quite endearing. It’s an interesting career retrospective and Lydon isn’t kidding when he tells the audience to settle in for a very long concert. The tracks from Second Edition and The Flowers of Romance retain their avant-garde and dub-like arrangements with the more pop-oriented material receiving a full band performance that’s more powerful than the studio albums. Multi-instrumentalist Lu Edmonds of the Damned is back and joined by drummer Bruce Smith, who spent much of the late ‘80s with the group and new keyboardist Scott Firth, who has played with John Martyn, Elvis Costello and the Spice Girls. These songs still sound like challenges to the status quo.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

JWP BASS ,

GR8 Stuff!!!

I saw this version of PIL in Chicago (May,2010) at HOB's. Awesome!!

By the time got to Chicago on this tour, the song's

had more of (slightly) relaxed feel. But this still a great recording.

Nice to hear this music being played live again.

2 hours of live music for $9.99???

Can't go wrong.

JoeCity10 ,

An Honest Rotten Mess

I personally think that it is appropriate there are not many reviews for this album. This is a great piece of work, the music I mean. Probably not up to par in terms of quality for the musical genius of the PiL boys nor the voice of ol Johnny Rotten but by his standards, as long as it is music that ACTUALLY matters it is alright. Something I agree with completely. In listening to this muck I also concluded that it is the best thing I've heard in some time. Naturally a real Rotten fan would leave his/her comments to themselves. Alas my own rotten mouth wouldn't stay closed. Cheers to all of P.i.L.

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