GUN CLUB: Destroy the Country: LP

Destroy the Country is a legitimate reissue of a hard-to-find Gun Club live bootleg, originally released in 1984. The album’s recording quality is on the good side—not amazing, but likely clean enough for even the most casual Gun Club fan. Destroy the Country pulls tracks from an Italian Las Vegas Story tour show (November 26, 1983); it comes on green vinyl and Gun Club aficionado Gene Temesy provides some quality liner notes. The set list is understandably heavy on Las Vegas Story songs, although “Brother and Sister”—a standoutMiami track—and “Sex Beat” and “For the Love of Ivy” also appear. The Gun Club played a good set that night and this Las Vegas Story lineup (Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Kid Congo, Pat Bag, and Terry Graham) remains highly regarded by Gun Club fans for good reason. I go through waves with the Gun Club. I either regard them as one of the best groups of their era or simply the best group of their era. I’m currently leaning toward the latter and I’m not fighting it.   –ryan (Cleopatra, cleorecs.com)