CIRCLE JERKS: Live at the House of Blues: CD + DVD

Mar 10, 2023

As I recall, this was originally released nineteen years ago as part of the “The Show Must Go Off!” concert series on DVD. From what I’ve been able to glean, the audio was subsequently released a decade or so ago on various formats. Now you can have both in one tidy little double-CD-sized package. The audio is, of course, impeccably pro-quality, the set list is a spirited overview of their oeuvre circa 2004 and, while I’ll be so bold to say that the current Circle Jerks incarnation is even better than the one on display here, the overall performance illustrates well why they’re a hardcore institution more than forty years later. The DVD is also pro-quality, with multi-camera angles in play, and so on. The CD includes one extra song, a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” that isn’t on the DVD. –Jimmy Alvarado (Kung Fu)

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