Big Audio Dynamite II

Class of '92

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Coming straight off the soundboard, Class of '92 is one of those official bootlegs that's a little too close (sounding like a monitor mix with very little room or audience noise) but it documents the inaugural tour of Big Audio Dynamite II, so hungry fans can easily ignore the slight "in your face" feeling. Recorded at the London's Town and Country Club during the NME's Viva Eight Festival, two tracks from this set (the big hit "Rush" and "Can't Wait") have been previously available on compilations, but hearing B.A.D. Mach 1 era songs like "E=MC2" and "The Bottom Line" is where the thrill comes in, and that closing "1999" is a Prince cover that was considered quite the score back in the tape trading days. The punky, funky redo is still both a keeper and corker, and while the album runs frustratingly short with the usual concert set cut down to festival size, worthy B.A.D. documents are scarce so consider this one worthy. Fans keeping their pre-release eyes on the set had the experience of watching the title and cover art change from Class of '90, to Class of '91, to the correct Class of '92 -- evidence that the classic bootleg style of screwing-up the facts is alive and well in the digital age, which is a nostalgic and heartwarming.

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