GORIES: The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88: LP

This record is way better than it has any rights being… I mean, you can’t not love The Gories, but a live recording from America’s (maybe fourth) drunkest garage/punk/whatever-meisters? Seems like a recipe for disaster, but nuh-uh, man, this is thestuff! Definitely a “warts-and-all” presentation, as if it could be anything else! This set was recorded before they laid down their Houserockin’ album. False starts, a blown fuse (or at least the person in the crowd nearest the mic says so), but the manic energy builds and builds over the course of the set, culminating in the best version ever of “Train Kept a Rollin’” (dig the nasty guit-tone) plus an absolutely nutso screaming rendition of “Give Me Love.” The Gories’ version of The Iguanas’ “Again and Again” gives The Black Lips’ version a run for its money. Too much, man! 

 –Sal Lucci (Third Man)