This is their first album. It’s too fucking long. There are some good songs, but nothing on here really grabs me, and this album just feels like it will never end. I don’t hate it, but unless I just have 75 minutes to kill, it’s not really worth it.
In retrospect, this is where it starts to go bad. It’s not a terrible album, but it’s frustrating and most of the songs are forgettable. I’ve only heard one song off here played live (admittedly, I’ve only seen them twice), and that song is “Wheelhouse.” The good news is that “Wheelhouse” ranks up there with their best songs. The production and sound is a bit weird, but it’s an undeniably great song. There’s not another song in the same league. The next album would be more enjoyable, but here is where Pere Ubu stopped being fun.
Longest live version of “Won’t Go Out” and maybe the best? Not really sure. I do like this shorter version of “Seven” though. Also, “Everybody Loses” appears to be a new unrecorded song. This is the shortest show from this tour, but there’s not much nonsense. Good sound.
Listening now, I don’t hate it like I kind of did at first. Well I didn’t hate it, but I found it frustrating and kind of tedious. But now I can appreciate the droning and weird sections more. There is something about the fact that only some of the sections are actually meant for playing live. But that was true of the first album, and I still like it a lot.
This is the 1978 pick. I burned it for dad. He should love it. If he doesn’t, he has no soul. Great sound. Sounds as clear as a soundboard, but might be an audience recording. You can hear cheering. Not a lot of long shows from this tour, but this one sounds great and has most of my favorites.
This was the first Cat Power album I bought. I loved it for a while. It hasn’t stayed in rotation. It’s pretty good still, but most of it doesn’t grab me. Still deserves more listens than I’ve given it over the years.
This is probably my favorite Lost Sounds album. Rocks the hardest and is the least predictable. Also, lots of super catchy songs. Too bad they plateaued after this.