After all, there can never be too much of a good thing, right? Certainly the news that Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh (who’ve done the remastering on the two previous deluxe editions in this series) have returned gave me hope for a wonderful performance.
The studio album is, as always, a masterpiece in this package and lines such as “Whatever happened to pillow fights, whatever happened to jeans so tight, Friday nights, whatever happened to lover’s lane, whatever happened to passion games, Sunday walks in the pouring rain” during the implosion of a marriage that is Punch and Judy still grab you by the feels but maybe harder thanks to this spiffy new production.
Yes, the remastered Fugazi still has what it takes to win new fans and delight old ones, alike.
It’s the two live discs that aren’t quite as essential, they sound great but they also sound like a product of their age. The 1984 sets from Montreal, Canada made this fan both happy to hear them and sad to know they’ll never come around again, this line up really could use a swift reunion tour.
In the end, buy this for Fugazi and the remaster and treat the gigs as a bonus and you can’t go wrong.
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The first time Nicholas went to a live gig, 31 years ago, it turned out to be an Iron Maiden secret gig and he became hooked on the music scene. He was one of the founding writers for Astro Zombie a heavy metal and new world techno-inspired zine and his interview with Rob Caggiano of Anthrax brought in over 300,000 readers. He’s based out of Southeast Asia now, but his love of music is as strong and diverse as ever.