- LA, OLYMPIC, AUDITORIUM, USA
1. ORDER OF DEATH
2. BAD LIFE
4. LOW LIFE
5. WHERE ARE YOU
8. TIE ME TO THE LENGTH…
11. PUBLIC IMAGE
12. LOVE SONG
13. ANARCHY IN THE UK
49 minutes (approx)
(6) Camcorder Audience Recording
DVD/Video Gradings Explained here
review by TIM BUCKNALL
This is a multi-cam pro-shot video with soundboard audio. Unfortunately all circulating copies are extremely high-gen, (although some are slightly better than others). 'Anarchy in the UK' is incomplete.
'Bad Life' is much harder than the studio version, as were all renditions by this line-up. 'Solitaire' is noteworthy. I hated the studio and 'Live in Tokyo' versions, but the hard-funk of the '84 line-up really makes the song work.
'Low Life' is exceptional,
Mark Schultz manages a very good Impression of Keith Levene's jagged
guitars. 'Where are You' is the only
truly disappointing song of the night. It doesn't seem
to go anywhere, I much
prefer the early live versions from 1982 featuring Keith Levene & Pete
Jones. However, this song does at least provide a great visual moment
as Brett Helm swaps his bass for a violin. You can see the
broken bow strings flailing around as he saws at the instrument.
'1981' is great, probably the song that really showcases the 84-85 line-up. There's nothing to choose between this version and Melbourne or Tokyo. 'Religion' is typically ferocious and has the usual post-83 organ intro. 'Tie Me to the Length of That' is another improvement over the studio version, and illustrates the (perhaps surprising) fact that this song has quite a few elements in common with the 'Metal Box' era.
this point onwards the audio degrades, and as the audio track slips
out of whack with itself, an echo appears which ruins the
drums somewhat. However, I must point out that the copy of this tape
that was uploaded to YouTube has this problem from the first song
onwards, so this video copy is at least better than some others.
'Annalisa' is good despite the sound problems. 'Bodies' produces the usual great response from the crowd as Jebin Bruni leaves the keyboard to strap on a guitar. I love the twin-guitar versions of Pistols songs that this line-up did. It enabled them to better replicate the multi layered guitar parts on 'Never Mind the Bollocks', the crazed intro to 'Bodies' is probably the best example of this.
A guitar string snaps during 'Public Image', but they manage to finish the song. John is in relaxed good spirits and it shows. There's some kind of guitar screw-up at the start of 'Love Song' but nothing major.
It seems like the band are overrunning and being threatened with a fine as John says, "If we do one more song we go to jail, how about anarchy?" It's a great version, but sadly it cuts off halfway through.
I'd recommend this tape to anyone who doesn't mind a less than perfect picture/sound. If a low gen copy ever surfaced it would probably be considered a "must have".