The Turgid Miasma of Paris in the Springtime
link shipping | Pittsburgh, PA | 06/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Lydon cursing the audience, the audience responding with hoots and catcalls; Jah Wobble and Keith Levine screwing around
in between songs--the hate is palpable. The songs and action is standard PIL, rickety and dour, the recording starting and ending abruptly; sound quality is very good. Not a place to start listening to PIL,but considerably better than "Live In Tokyo", the sound and performance of which makes me think of HBO specials and Las Vegas acts."
Great but sad
Steve Alleman | 04/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great album but it is sad to think this is the last piece of music we will ever get from the Lydon/Levene/Wobble team. Sometimes life just isn't fair."
Nightmarish Intensity yet Brilliant Fun
Alan Gilbert | Scotland, UK | 09/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the vinyl when it was first released. Hadnt listened to it in years, but dusted it off after having done the same with metal box. At high school (79/80) I was slagged off by the Stranglers fans in particular for liking PiL, not to mention the other factions. PiL upset people at the time even other punks. A guy sold me Metal Box for £5 at the time cos he hated it so much. Atmosphere is dripping off this recording with mutual fear & loathing between band and audience. The negative energy seems to push the band to greater things. Keith Levene's work on Careering, esp the synth (Sequential Circuits Prophet 6 I think..I'm a guitarist) is mind boggling, Similar is Theme, where these industrial sonic landscapes are equally compelling. I think this is Poptones, fully evolved and unique. If you want to learn the guitar part, this is the version to play along. The natural genius of Jah Wobble is all over this album. He and John Peel pushed my teen brain to Dub/Reggae too. I'm still getting kick from this 30 years later!! I wish they could have stayed like this just a wee bit longer. Buy it."