The first official live recording of the band. Recorded on tour in Germany
and England during the summer of 1990, 11 of the 16 songs are culled from the
Impurity and Thunder and Consolation albums. Rather than being a comprehensive
live history, this album is instead a snapshot of the band at what was to be
the peak of their commercial success. Completists may be interested in combining
this with the 2000 release And No One Else, as well as with the live tracks
on the singles from this period. The intro to "Vagabonds" demonstrates
the uplifting effect that violin player Ed Alleyne Johnson introduced to the
New Model Army studio and stage sound. Standout moments include a blistering
version of the anti-complacency anthem "Get Me Out," while "Lib.
Ed," the truncated title of "A Liberal Education" from their
debut album, is even more poignant and accusatory in communion with the band's
legendary impassioned following. "Better Than Them," rendered here
with just guitar and vocals from Justin Sullivan (aka Slade the Leveller),
is compelling. Stark and haunting, a fine example of his universal folk songwriting.
A band whose whole creed and vision was one of being aware, questioning, and
conscious, are captured in this set. The album has excellent live sound quality,
with the thundering, apocalyptic "The World" bringing the set to
a fitting climax. This CD is powerful, atmospheric and a great recording of
a wonderful tour.