The Psychedelic Furs have existed for just about 20 years at
this point, and they have finally released a Live album. There
are two reviews of The Furs' current live shows here on EvilSponge,
the first from March
of 2001, and the second from November
of that year. This live album was released shortly after the
November show, but contains a recording from the LA show of
the same tour as the March show. Make sense? It's The Psychedelic
Furs live in 2001.
If you read those two reviews, there is not really all that
much more to add. Oh sure, the vocals are a little more "in
front" here on this disc than they are in concert, and the drumming
sounds a little flat on the recording, but those are quirks
that one expects when a spontaneous performance is preserved
in a digital format.
So yeah, if you are a PFurs fan, this is great. It starts off
with a long, slowly building rendition of India and just
goes from there. They play The Ghost In You just like
i remembered it from their shows, slower and crunchier, with
rich layers of overdrive joining in on the chorus. Simply beautiful.
There is one "new song" on here, Alive (For Once In A Lifetime),
and you get both a live version and a studio version. These
two versions aren't that different in all honesty, and it's
a good enough song, not spectactular, but not bad.
So my final verdict on this: if you are a Furs fan rush out
and buy this. If you are somewhat interested in hearing what
they have to offer, then this is a well-recorded representation
of what they sound like now. However, if you aren't a fan, then
you probably won't care. This could serve as a good introduction
to the band, however.
But really, go see them live the next time they play your town
-- it's definitely worth it.