Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine

BBC Live in Concert 1991-1994

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This is more like it! Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine were among the BBC's most regular visitors during the early to mid-'90s, both for studio sessions and live concert broadcasts, and this excellent package rounds up highlights from no less than half-a-dozen of the latter. Highlighting shows at Reading University, Wembley Arena and Kilburn National in 1991, Glastonbury and Norwich Sound City in 1992, and the 1994 Phoenix Festival, 22 tracks encapsulate the full breadth and majesty of the band at their primal peak. Hit singles, madcap covers, key album tracks and more fall pell mell out of the speakers and, while you can cast aspersions on the final track listing (where's that brilliant version of "Bloodsports for All" that turned up on a Vox magazine cassette sampler way back when), takes on "Sheriff Fatman," "Rubbish" and "Surfing USM" rub shoulders with "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" to remind us that British pop history has had no finer musical exponent than Carter at their peak. There are a lot of posthumous Carter collections out there, all vying for your pocket money. This one deserves it all.

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