More terrific LOG February 3, 2011
Written by keeves
There is a strange eccentricity about LOG that has me smiling on the greyest of days and this collection is no exception.
Inductive Resonance with its highly effusive c minor hookline and astonishingly fast middle section is probably the most habit forming of their romps – good news for me as the LOG nearly always played it twice each night. Minor Man is a rare and intense classic along with Dislocated are excellent – the latter once recorded with the GR300 synthesizer – a vinyl only version which seems to be sadly unavailable now (any chance???). Always keen to acquire more live LOG and would like to see the Leeds Futurama material released, if available and the Marquee gigs.
Not only were they off-whack, a wondrously apt description, but they were also really cool live and produced a style of music that seemed to morph into Discipline. I miss their flair and effervescent buena disposición, the guitar Thrang Thrang walkabouts of Robert Fripp and Barry Andrews flourishes – not to mention the uber-tight rhythm section. Great ‘driving to work’ music.
Here, the version of Boy at Piano is very good and the guitar is the clearest I have heard on a LOG live recording - sounds like a Guild Foxy Lady in there somewhere - thrumming into the Roland Jazz Chorus amp.
Ooh Mr Fripp is a clear antecendant of Frame by Frame, and one of those jaw dropping callisthenic exercises, or plectrum shorteners as I call them. Fripp’s control is truly inspiring.
Thankfully, it seems these historic documents are still being uncovered.