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Power In The Dark­ness: Live At The 100 Club

Australian HIFI - - ROCK ON -

Has Mr Robin­son mel­lowed since his days of ac­tivism, given his cur­rent latenight BBC DJ sta­tus? Not so, judg­ing from his rant dur­ing the ti­tle track of this rol­lick­ing re­cent per­for­mance of TRB’s full 1978 de­but al­bum plus en­cores; in­deed the blood rises at the pas­sion of per­for­mance through­out this 2017 club per­for­mance, the crowd in his hand through both the mu­sic and his hu­mor­ous in­ter­sti­tials. It’s a great record­ing of a great per­for­mance, blast­ing out the power pop-riot of Up Against The Wall, rais­ing hairs high on the bril­liant then-fu­tur­ism of Win­ter of ‘79, elic­it­ing laugh­ter then tears in the en­cores of Martin and an up­dated Glad To Be Gay, be­fore orig­i­nal gui­tarist Danny Kus­tow joins a cathar­tic clos­ing 2-4-6-8 Mo­tor­way. A mere seven quid pur­chases the 24-bit/48kHz files via Band­camp; run the whole gig as loud as you can. It’s like you’re there.

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