Alcohol was a way of life for the Replacements, but this cracking live recording of a February 1986 show in Hoboken, New Jersey finds them hitting the sweet spot where they were loaded enough to be inspired but not too sodden to play at their peak. A practically perfect show near the end of the Bob Stinson era, this captures the snottiness and the heart that made the 'Mats a band for the ages.
The list of those who could make out jazz funky is a short one. Drummer Reid must now be added to that list. This music is as beautiful and dangerous as a shower of broken glass -- just when you think you've got a song figured out, this clever group of largely unsung musicians heightens the tension and takes things careening off in an unexpected direction.