Catalog # 35/36
2CD Length 52:57 | 42:14
Date/Venue Outtakes & 24 August 1997
Deane's Comments (rates this release 1/5.0)
Optimum has once again has release a set in a double cardboard single type sleeve (like they did with Salt Lake City 2CD). I hate that. The package is nice to look at, what there is of it, and the picture discs are nice as well... but that is about all this release has going for it. It has perhaps the worst sound quality of any recent release. And lame, crappy cardboard packaging. Disc one is a collection of studio outakes played at an afterparty and recorded on what sounds like a boombox. It is all mid and has plenty of crowd noise. Only a few tracks are rarities, but you can barely hear them so it isn't worth the time. The second disc is even worse. The crowd noise makes it impossile to enjoy. People are talking, glasses are hitting and again the recording is missing alot.
Dale's Comments (rates this release 1/5.0)
A perfect example of the "Completist's Only" tag. Maybe we should make a small banner for that as well?
Mike's Comments (rates this release 1/5.0)
Having an audio copy of the Crystal ball release party is rather pointless now that Crystal ball has been released. A couple of the tracks are of some interest though, including 'Jam of the year' [remix], which of course became 'Push it up' after a few more changes, and slightly different versions of 'Sadomasochistic groove' and 'Funky music'. The Memphis aftershow is a lacklustre affair, not helped at all by sound quality which is a bit on the muddy side. This is definitely not a bootleg I could recommend and still keep a clear conscience.