How do *you* spell “Nijmegen”?

Black Francis/Frank Black says most of this concert is an opera:
*Opera* (English plural: operas; Italian plural: opere) is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (called a libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting.[wikipedia]

Whatever.

I think this live recording is another compelling example by BF/FB of why a live performance can extend, explain and exceed the original studio recordings.

The lyrics are clearly heard, the emotions revealed, and the power-trio band straight-out rocks. (BF/FB is funny in his patter, also.)

This is a worthy companion to *Live at Melkweg* with his then-band The Catholics; both recordings are terrific performances with excellent live-sound quality, and BF/FB, whether he’s BF or FB, is an unusually literate and musically sophisticated performer who is only getting better.

 

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