Remember, this is a no-overdubs,
no-frills recording and when I say it sounds great, I mean great.
I cannot emphasise enough this fact that countless hordes of groups
of people on instruments would be reduced to an embarrasingly
laughable mess by the honest, bull-stripping, pure off the mixing
desk treatment. This is yet another frustrating reminder of the
talent that is presently denied to us. Get back on stage, Chuck.
[9,5] Nathanael Underwood
A companion release to the recent
'Live in L.A.'outing, this is another release to aid the weighty
burden of Chuck Schuldiner's medical bills. Personally speaking,
much of Death's most recent studio output leaves me cold and having
been in attendance when Death took the Dynamo stage that Summer
night, I came away with tinges of disappointement. Listening to
this disc three years down the line puts things into perspective
somewhat; the decent recording quality both gives a good feeling
of atmoshpere and also lets tracks such as 'The Philosopher' and
"Suicide Machine' yield Death's musical complexities while
giving the compositions a bit extra in the power department. Old-timers
will find much solace in the 1998 version of 'Pull The Plug' which
is worth the purchase price on its own, being about as visceral
and rendition as they come.
If the truth be told, a rating for this album is somewhat trivial,
as the reasons to by this are manifold. That said, there are some
absolutely killer earlier Death shows doing the rounds out there,
maybe those could be released please?
 Guy Strachan