Boomkat Product Review:
Remastered first vinyl edition of This Heat’s seminal live LP, compiled from Euro gigs in Tilburg, Nijmegen, Ärhus, Apeldoorn, Vienna and Rheims between 1980-81, right between their classic debut LP and its follow-up ‘Deceit’
Officially sanctioned by original band members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward, this is the vinyl edition of the CD release, ‘Live 80/81’ . It was all recorded on cassette using a stereo microphone placed near the sound desk, capturing the performance and incidental sounds with an unflinchingly raw quality.
For the shows, This Heat comprised Charles Bullen (guitar, clarinet, voice, tapes), Charles Hayward (drums, kazoo, melodica, voice, tapes), and Gareth Williams (organ, tapes, guitar, bass guitar, voice) running through the entire track-listing of their tour in the Netherlands.
Material from both ‘This Heat’ and ‘Deceit’ appears in the set, which opens with the twisted metal screech and stop-start drums of ‘Horizontal Hold’, and takes in a high tension rendition of ’S.P.Q.R.’, along with the throttled No Wave tribal jangle of ‘Makeshift Swahili’ and ‘Twilight Furniture’, plus a mighty parting shot with their raucous version of ‘Health and Efficiency’.