The Saints

Live in a Mud Hut

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This is a good live showing, if the least essential of the Saints LPs released since 1977. Of course, this is the '80s version of the Saints we're talking about, very nearly as incredible as the original Australian punk rock pioneers' incarnation, and fans will want anything substantial they do. So this is still worth any import price you pay (they only garnered U.S. release for the first two LPs, nine years ago on the Sire label, both punk rock classics bar none) for exceptional updates of this live LP's first three songs, "Follow the Leader," "Let's Pretend," and especially an emotional and raucous run-through of the 1978 anthem Eternally Yours 45 "Know Your Product" -- that’s like an old-time memory an old friend brought back, though obviously, without the signature horns that blew everyone in the English scene away in 1977, it doesn't seem quite as special. Truth be told, you have to believe there are better live recordings of the original, more exciting lineup out there somewhere, and this also won't make us forget the studio versions of the first three albums the newer, more rock & roll/R&B Saints have given us in the '80s. This is at least enormous fun.