I recently proposed to you my beloved blog readers the “Record by Record” series starting with Primal Scream following the 2011 reissue of their 1991 masterpiece “Screamadelica” and have been rewarded by my hard work with the band coming in Paris to play the album!
I will not spend too many words on the show but just wanted to say that this was one of the best I had ever seen. The band was in great shape and I was particularly impressed by how thin and dynamic Bobby Gillespie is and what an amazing guitar player Barrie Cadogan is as well (he is the leader of Little Barrie and played as opening act with his band to warm up). Mani’s bass playing is something to watch as well although he seemed literally in constant need of a deep breathing… Contrary to many bands reforming to play a classic album, let us not forget that Primal Scream never split for one thing and just managed to play a few of these tracks live in the past whereas the audience is now lucky to feel and live the whole album on stage. All songs were great as expected but double thumbs-up for “Higher than the Sun”. For French-reading people, please click to read the review of French magazine “les Inrockuptibles”.
A fantastic Blue Ray went out recently with the November 2010 London show both on Blue Ray and CD plus the Classic Albums documentary about how the record had been made twenty years ago. Here is an excerpt with the first track of the record and the show “Movin’ On Up” : I was blind, now I can see,…