This is Reptile Palace Orchestra's third independent live recording. Due to the superior sound quality of these recordings and the appearance of new material, they've essentially replaced the need to produce studio albums. Official Bootleg 2002 is culled from several live dates from 1998-2000 and, as expected, is full of new surprises as well as old favorites. The familiar selections are "El Pescador" and Brian Eno's "Sombre Reptiles" (which has become somewhat of a signature tune for them), both of which also appear on Iguana Iguana. Reptile Palace Orchestra revisit a few tracks that only received mild attention from previous recordings, like Duke Ellington's "Caravan," given an eight-minute pseudo-swing jazz treatment, and an edgier rendition of cellist Seth Blair's "Shot Full of Holes." Even Led Zeppelin receives acknowledgement from this band as they take a whack at "Four Sticks." A custom-made adaptation of Charlie Daniels' foot-stompin', knee-slappin' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" concludes this album with a bang.
AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger