Friday, August 20, 2010

We Should All Read This Post in Unisons

On August 21, 1988, Agnostic Front played a great show at CBGB that served as the material for Live at CBGB, one of their best albums. Most people reading this are probably already familiar with that record. It captures Agnostic Front in their element. They tear through classic songs like “United Blood” and “Friend or Foe” with utmost precision, seemingly not letting up until the very end when they close the set with “The Eliminator.” Agnostic Front was clearly at their peak when they played this show, and it’s also been said numerous times that 1988 was the peak of NYHC’s second generation. What else can you say about Live at CBGB that hasn’t already been said countless times over the years?

Here’s one thing that can be said: Live at CBGB has more in common with live albums like Frampton Comes Alive! and Unleashed in the East than you’d think. We at The Evil Eye hate to be the ones to burst your skinhead bubble, but even Agnostic Front went into the studio to fix their live recording before releasing it. Vocals are turned up and guitars are overdubbed. Between-song banter is edited and the set list is rearranged. Some songs were even left off of the record, either for time constraints or because the band fucked them up. Honestly, there isn’t much to complain about, so please don’t think that we’re doing so when we write about this stuff. Obviously Agnostic Front was interested in releasing the best live album possible, which they certainly did. It’s just funny to think that a hardcore band would go the same route as numerous ‘70s rock bands did when releasing a live record.


Like we did with the Bad Brains’ Rock for Light LP a few weeks ago, we’ve decided to offer up both the original soundboard recording and the Live at CBGB record so you can listen to them and make the comparison yourselves. Perhaps you will find it interesting to hear them both, or maybe you’ll just think this is an exercise in extreme dorkdom. Click here or a lot of you people ain’t gonna live to see tomorrow if you keep fucking around this way.

6 comments:

SaveTheCirclePit said...

Thanks for posting the original recording. I have worshiped this record since it came out and I have never known about the original recording. It is very rough compared to the cleaned up version but very cool to hear how it all originally went down(screw ups and all). Also Victim In Pain is a way better opening song than Crucified.

The Evil Eye said...

I definitely agree with you that "Victim in Pain" is a better song to start with than "Crucified." If I were in AF, I would think that "Crucified" is more like something to play in the middle or at the end of the set. And even if Sab Grey gave them his blessing, bands just shouldn't open with cover songs.

Thanks for commenting!

convertido said...

Thanks tons for this one. I'm downloading as I type. This was the first music I heard from AF and to this day remains my favorite record.

The Evil Eye said...

You are most welcome!

Anonymous said...

I just recently stumbled on this post and wondered if there was any way you could upload this again? Live AT CBGB was one my very first HC records as a kid, and I'd love to hear the original recording. Thanks!

The Evil Eye said...

Re-uploaded! Apologies for the wait.