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Pere Ubu / Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales 1987-1991
Album:Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales 1987-1991 Collection:General
Artist:Pere Ubu Added:04/2018
Label:Fire Records 

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-04-20 
Reviewed: 2018-04-20
Genre: General
FCCs: none that I hear
Review: The Sex Pistols sang about anarchy, Pere Ubu practiced it. What the band called “avant-garage” music broke all the rules while creating visceral engaging off-kilter rock. This box set pulls the best tracks from the final 4 albums. Even at their most commercial, they were sill playing outside the box. A few tracks here demonstrate that they could have actually been a killer straight rock band, if they cared.
If You Like: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, The Residents, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Snakefinger, Marc Ribot
Track Review (favorites denoted by*):
DISC 1
*1/ Something’s Gotta Give (5:06) – distorted noise starts> midtempo off-kilter song with wild noise breaks> fade
2/ George Had A Hat (4:01) – trumpet starts> fast tempo song> wild swinging jam> scat singing> quick stop
3/ Talk To Me (3:31) – drums start> midtempo song> wild noise jam> quick stop
*4/ Busman’s Holiday (4:30) – spacey synth start> slow song> spacey jam> slow song> fade
*5/ Say Goodbye (4:39) – bass starts> slow rocking song with power chords> > sonic jam> slow song> spacey fade
*6/ Universal Vibration (2;21) – guitar starts> fast rocking jam & song> rocking noise jam> quick fade on vocal
7/ Miss You (4:22) – accordion starts> midtempo song> wailing rock jam slides into a march> midtempo song> quick stop
*8/ Dream The Moon (3:25) – guitar starts> uptempo off-kilter song> space jam> quick stop
*9/ Rhythm King (4:29) – drums start> uptempo off-kilter song slows to slow song>midtempo polka slows to slow song, then swings to uptempo jam & song & slows again> quick stop
*10/ The Hollow Earth (3:36) – drums start> fast jam & song> rocking space jam> song> crescendo end
11/ We Have The Technology (3:01) – drums> midtempo song> rocking jam song> fade
12/ Breath () – heavy guitar chord opens> uptempo song> rocking distorted guitar solo> spoken word> uptempo song> quick fade
*13/ Race The Sun (3:18) – guitar starts> wild uptempo rocker like Velvet Underground> quick stop
14/ Cry (2:32) – quiet spacey guitar starts> midtempo song> spacey guitar solo> midtempo song> quick fade
15/ Why Go It Alone (2:49) – guitar starts> close to Top 40 with psychedelic vocals & music> spacey surf guitar solo> quick fade on vocals
16/ Waiting For Mary (3:23) – milling crowd sounds> uptempo rock song with interesting refrain> quick fade
*17/ Ice Cream Truck (2:49) – drums start> bouncy uptempo song with sunny chorus, like a Velvets outtake> spoken word> uptempo song> quick stop
*18/ Bus Called Happiness (2:49) – bass starts> uptempo rocker> distorted rocking jam> quick fade
*19/ Love Love Love (3:20) – spacey synth starts> uptempo rocker> wild space guitar solo> song> bass solo> song> slow fade
*20/ Lost Nation Road (2:18) – drums start> uptempo rocker with spoken word interspersed> quick fade
21/ Nevada! (3;20) – drums start> uptempo rocker with Sloop John B lyrics> distorted heavy space jam> song> quick fade
22/ Flat (2:21) – spacey start> spoken word over heavy chords with distorted chorus> slow song> spoken word> quick stop
*23/ The Waltz (3:27) – bass/ drums start> slow waltz & song> guitar solo> song> stop


DISC 2
*24/ Pushin’ (2:28) – distorted noise/vocal starts> uptempo song like Psycho Killer> wild distorted jam> song> quick stop
*25/ Monday Night (2:15) – horns start> fast rocking jam & song shifts to midtempo distorted jam> swings back to blistering speed jam> quick stop
26/ Oh Catherine (2:53) – drums/ bass starts> midtempo song with chanted lyrics> heavy jam> quick stop
*27/ I Hear They Smoke The Barbeque (4:00) – guitar/drums start> spacey jam> midtempo song with rhythm of a sea shanty> space jam> calliope vibe> heavy jam morphs into slow Dylanesque song> quick stop
28/ Turpentine! (2:41) – distorted noise> slow song swings to midtempo with shouted vocals> sonic guitar solo> song> rocking jam slows to fade
*29/ Goodnight Irene (4:10) – frenetic guitar starts> uptempo song> wild jam> fade
30/ Mirror Man (3:28) – accordion starts> n
31/ Don’t Look Back (4:05) - midtempo song> distorted jam> song> quick fade
*32/ Worlds In Collision (3:42) – guitar starts> uptempo song> distorted jam with repetitive riffs> song> quick stop
*33/ Life Of Riley (3:08) – bass starts> reggae riff> uptempo song slows to midtempo, then swings back to uptempo> reggae riff & song slows, then bounces back up> quick stop
*34/ Over The Moon (2:44) – drums/distortion starts> uptempo song almost crooned>
*35/ Cry Cry Cry (2:34) – space jam> song> crescendo end
36/ Playback (3:08) – distorted guitar/harmonica starts> midtempo song> quick fade
37/ Nobody Knows (3:28) – crashing guitar starts> rocking uptempo song> straight ahead rocking jam> song> fade
*38/ Winter In The Firelands (2:41) – heavy guitar chords starts> midtempo song with ominous vibe> space guitar solo> song> quick stop
*39/ Down By The River (3:13) – spacey guitar start> midtempo song with psychedelic music bed & chorus> soaring vocals to fade
*40/ Around The Fire (3:01) – uptempo rocking song> fade
41/ Like A Rolling Stone (3:42) – guitar starts, quiet & slow> uptempo song like Talking Heads> slows to slow song> fade
*42/ Invisible Man (3:16) – rocking guitar starts> uptempo song> interesting jam> song> quick stop
43/ Fedora Satellite (2:49) – funky guitar starts> midtempo song with extended chorus> quick fade
*44/ Fire (2:00) – drums start> slow song with spacey undertow> spacey jam>song> fade
*45/ Bang The Drum (3:42) – drums start> uptempo rocking song> sonic guitar solo> quick stop
*46/ Postman Drove A Caddy (3:53) – drums/synth start> midtempo song> quick fade
47/ Wine Dark Sparks (2:59) – bass starts> midtempo song with extended chorus> quick stop
48/ The Wire (3:07) - slow plodding song with drum & organ


Track Listing
1.(Disc 1) Something's Gotta Give 24.(Disc 2) Pushin'
2.George Had A Hat 25.Monday Night
3.Talk To Me 26.Oh Catherine
4.Busman's Honeymoon 27.I Hear They Smoke The Barbeque
5.Say Goodbye 28.Turpentine!
6.Universal Vibration 29.Goodnight Irene
7.Miss You 30.Mirror Man
8.Dream The Moon 31.Don't Look Back
9.Rhythm King 32.Worlds In Collision
10.The Hollow Earth 33.Life Of Riley
11.We Have The Technology 34.Over The Moon
12.Breath 35.Cry Cry Cry
13.Race The Sun 36.Playback
14.Cry 37.Nobody Knows
15.Why Go It Alone? 38.Winter In The Firelands
16.Waiting For Mary 39.Down By The River
17.Ice Cream Truck 40.Around The Fire
18.Bus Called Happiness 41.Like A Rolling Stone
19.Love Love Love 42.Invisible Man
20.Lost Nation Road 43.Fedora Satellite
21.Nevada! 44.Fire
22.Flat 45.Bang The Drum
23.The Waltz 46.Postman Drove A Caddy
 47.Wine Dark Sparks