REAL KIDS, THE: We Don’t Mind If You Dance: CD

Another archival release of live recordings from this revered Boston first-wave band. All but one of the tracks come from various performances the band played in 1977-’78 from sources that sound like they were recorded from the audience and straight off the board, plus one track taken from an early rehearsal recording. Killer liner notes as well, with commentary about each track, pics of old flyers, and even several reproductions of old zine write ups. Dunno if this is an optimal place to start for Real Kids neophytes, but the performances are solid, the recordings never so raw as to be a slog to listen through, and the tunes themselves solid bits of tough-pop rock’n’roll. –Jimmy Alvarado (Crypt)