The Lords of the New Church

The Lords Prayer

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This two-CD set of live recordings from 1985 and 1988 aren't especially revelatory as far as exposing aspects of the band that can't be heard just as well, or better, on their more commonly known studio albums. If you're a big fan, though, this is a decent supplementary package, since the sound's pretty good, though the brief appreciation that passes for the liner notes doesn't add anything. Disc one was recorded at three German shows during their 1988 farewell tour, with Danny Fury in place of original drummer Nick Turner, and includes live versions of some of their more renowned tracks ("New Church," "Method to My Madness," "Dance With Me"), as well as less-expected covers of the Creation's "Making Time" and the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." Disc two, recorded live in Zurich in January 1985 with the original lineup, is billed as the bonus disc. But actually it's of greater interest than the 1988 material, as the band sounds edgier, nastier, and generally less pro forma. The running time of 73 minutes on disc two alone is certainly generous, and that show has more of the favorites that fans might be eager to hear, like "Russian Roulette" and their cover of "Let's Live for Today." Even the between-songs banter sounds more genuine in keeping with the band's image than it does on the 1988 portion, though none of this rises above dated punk rock/hard rock crossover.

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