There Goes the Fear

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Though there just aren't that many U.K. singles worth buying anymore (where once there were hundreds, every year brimming with brilliant non-LP material!), this is definitely one of them. The A-side from The Last Broadcast sounds just wonderful on its own, an odd dichotomy of chiming, childlike sounds and sensual float pitted against brooding fatigue. But it's the two Australian "Triple J Live at the Wireless" sessions that make this a prescribed buy for U.S. fans. The Aussie national station JJJ has made as many of these startlingly great recordings as the BBC has with their series of sessions (remember, for example, Straitjacket Fits' marvelous JJJ live session of songs like "APS"?). And these live versions of Doves' first LP (Lost Souls) wonders, "Here It Comes," and even more consequentially, their continual on-stage zenith, "The Cedar Room," are just pulverizing for their combined 13 minutes. What this wonderfully direct and immediate recording loses in that LP's layered, mysterious murk, it gains fivefold with this booming power-groove -- especially "Cedar Room," with bass shuddering, an entrancing witchery that could hold an entire nation stupefied if played loud enough from satellite speakers. Huge! Just huge! This version is Doves at their biggest, and that's well worth the import search/price. Less important is the merely OK, non-LP cover of Warren Zevon's "Hit the Ground Running." This is basically just his lone hit, the 1978 number 21 "Werewolves of London," with different lyrics, so you get the idea. Oddly enough, this version is more reminiscent of Paul McCartney's Beatles' Fats Domino tribute, "Lady Madonna," than the Chicago-born Z-man's original.

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