'B52's: With The Wild Crowd! Live In Athens, GA'
(B52s / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Recorded in the band's hometown of Athens, Georgia, this recording captures a gig celebrating the 34th anniversary of the band's first-ever live show on Valentine's Day 1977.
Blu ray Verdict: Recorded in the B-52s’ hometown of Athens, Georgia February of last year - at a show that commemorated the band’s 34th anniversary of their first-ever live show on Valentine’s Day 1977 -wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans came from near and far to celebrate this historic event!
As soon as the intro to 'Pump' starts, and the lead guitar powerfully kicks in you know you're in for a listening party of the highest order! The fist-pumping song, that showcases all the group as singers, is a great way to start this live show and is followed by one of their classics, 'Private Idaho.' "Hello, Athens, Georgia," Fred bursts out, before the band light up again for 'Mesopotamia.'
"Many people like to search, journey all over the world and some people like to search within for their G-spot! And that is what this song is about," Fred informs us as they then go into 'Ultraviolet.' Kate then leads us into the frantic 'Give Me Back My Man,' before Fred talks to us again. "Well, in these troubling times there's a place that a lot of us go, especially on Sunday. Sometimes several days a week. Just to find a little peace and quiet. To do a little thinking ... and shopping! This about the shopping mall. This is 'Funplex'." Kickstarted by some loud rock guitar work, Kate Pierson waggles her long, bendy fun stick at the crowd whilst Cindy Wilson keeps the female vocals of the song alive.
Up next we get 'Whammy Kiss' and the always-brilliant to hear 'Roam,' which is in turn followed by the lesser-known ("This goes out to Jeremy") Kate-sung '52 Girls.' "OK, Athens, Georgia, let's party on! OK, you know that every party is not complete without a crasher. So, who could that crasher be?" Kate asks. The surprise is that the 'crasher' is Fred, acting drunk for 'Party Out Of Bounds.'
Then comes 'Love In The Year 3000,' which is followed by the bouncy fun of 'Cosmic Thing.' "Here's a song about us and Athens, G.A.," Kate announces, as they sing 'Hot corner.' "There are so many things that I’d like to say, but I've forgotten all of them! So, I'd like to introduce the band," Fred says, which he then goes on to do. He then leads them into the barnstorming 'Love Shack,' complete with audience participation, as expected. Bathed in a blue set, the song is admittedly a few beats slower than when first released, but still resonates today.
The uber-fun 'Wig' is brought forth next before the show is rounded out by both 'Planet Claire,' a pounding, bass-brilliant catch of a song if ever there was, and then the fun party time of 'Rock Lobster' brings it finally all to a close. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and has been remastered into a crisp Blu ray production.