Monday, 19 March 2012

Review: The Plimsouls

The Plimsouls – Beach Town Confidential (Alive Natural Sound)
One of the bands that defined the late ‘70s / early ‘80s power pop sound, The Plimsouls never had the hits they deserved, though the group’s songwriter Peter Case went onto a long a reasonably successful solo career. “Beach Town Confidential” is a previously unreleased 24-track collection recorded live in 1983, around the time of their “Everywhere At Once” album, though the set list includes tracks from all their records up to that point, together with half a dozen tracks that have never officially seen the light of day.

The sound quality is very good, and Peter Case’s production jumps from the speakers; in fact, turn it up loud and you’re there. The opening salvo of “Shaky City”, The Creation’s “Making Time” and “Zero Hour” is as good as it gets, and the combination of great songwriting, killer tunes and maximum energy might be the definition of rock ‘n’ roll, but it sounds pretty fresh and utterly vital on this 29 year old recording.
Rob F.

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