Songs in a Different Time

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Tony Watts' liner notes state that this 24-plus minute live recording was made in Paris in April 1995, apparently at the same time as the Buzzcocks' 1995 live album, French, but unlike that collection, it consists of the re-formed Buzzcocks -- Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Tony Barber, and Phil Barker -- playing a set of their 1977-1979 favorites, including such singles as "Orgasm Addict" and "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)." The performances are less frantic and more proficient than the originals, but the songs remain powerful. The album may be short, but it is usually available at a budget price, and on that basis it can be recommended as a supplement to the collections of Buzzcocks fans and as a concise example of their intense style to anyone who has heard of, but not heard, them.