Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Weirdest Group from Planet Earth

The Residents "Cube E: Live in Holland (The History of American Music in 3 EZ Pieces)" 1990
Recording Date: Mar 6, 1990-Mar 29, 1990
Review by Ted Mills
In 1990, the Residents took their grand examination of rock & roll on the road, touring the world with the Cube E tour. The first half found the group
reciting cowboy poems to a soundtrack influenced more by Copland and Orff than country & western, then followed with a group of blues, field hollers, and
warped jazz that represented the African-American experience. By intermission, the two had combined into rock music, which in the second half was disseminated by an aging Elvis impersonator tearing through Presley covers (essentially a live version of their 1989 album The King and Eye). The staging, costumes, lights, and general performance were not to be missed, and earned justifiable rave reviews. The tour document, an intelligent 70-minute compression of the 90-plus minute show (gone are most of the between song chats with two ventriloquist dummies in the Elvis section, as well as some of the songs) suffers from rather tinny and normalized sound, from what was a very dynamic performance. There are some better versions of the live Elvis material scattered on various CDs (Stranger Than Supper and the out of print Daydream B-Liver), but if this is the version listeners have to keep, then so be it. "Black Barry" is one of the group's best compositions, and it's here in its entirety: that should be enough to recommend it.

1 From the Plains to Mexico Residents
2 Theme from Buckaroo Blues Residents
3 The Stampede Residents
4 The Trail Dance Residents
5 Bury Me Not Residents
6 Cowboy Waltz Residents
7 Saddle Sores Residents
8 Theme from Buckaroo Blues (Reprise) Residents
9 The Gospel Truth Residents
10 Shortnin' Bread Residents
11 Black Barry Residents
12 Fourty-Four Residents
13 Engine 44 Residents
14 New Orleans Residents
15 Voodoo Queen Residents
16 What Am I Gonna Do? Residents
17 Organism Residents
18 Ober Residents
19 The Baby King, Pt. 1 Residents
20 Don't Be Cruel Residents
21 Devil in Disguise Giant
22 Burning Love Linde, Residents
23 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Lowe, Mann
24 Love Me Tender Residents
25 The Baby King 11 Residents
26 Hound Dog/Out Residents

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  • The Residents "Cube E: Live in Holland (The History of American Music in 3 EZ Pieces)" 1990

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    Blogger du2vye said...

    Thanks for The Residents share. I sent you an email with more.

    Do you have anything from 'Snakefinger'?

    5:52 AM  

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