MIGHTY SPHINCTER: Undead at Hammersmith Odeon 1987: LP

According to a Phoenix New Times article, this was actually recorded in Atlanta, not the venerable London venue referenced in the title, which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the band’s intentionally inaccurate historical record. What’s important, though, is that this is an aces-sounding recording of the band’s later post-Ron Reckless lineup, meaning it’s a bit more gloomy and less steeped in the psychosis that became their early trademark. The sound, which allegedly lived solely on a cassette for decades, is amazing; the musicianship is top notch, with their heavy jazz undertow in full evidence and the sly humor intact. A great album and a nice addition to their oeuvre. –Jimmy Alvarado (Slope)