Live in Concert: Better Conditions for the Dead

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Live in Concert: Better Conditions for the Dead is a reissue on one CD-R of two live LPs released in 1989: Night Over Never and Better Conditions for the Dead. Even though this is an official release, it bears the sound of a bootleg. The recording has been made from within the audience and crowd noises become noticeable the moment the music gets softer. The sound is muted and the master tape has faults in it. Still, this is the only recording of a Babylon show ever made. Even more, seven of the ten tracks have never been released elsewhere. "Mote in God's Eye," "Dreamfish," and "Cathedral of the Mary Ruin" get similar treatment to the studio recordings available on Babylon. "It Is Time" is a sound collage serving as a walk-on. "Foam Rubber Philosopher," "Ultima Thule," and mostly "You Are Sentenced to Life on Earth" are excellent progressive rock compositions in the same vein as the album material. The songs will appeal to fans of Genesis' Selling England By the Pound, Happy the Man, and IQ, although, for sound quality reasons, one should definitely start with the studio album.

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