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MU330

MU330: Live....Oh YeahLive....Oh Yeah (2001)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: maverickScott
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MU330 is sort of an anomaly, for me at least. I am not one to usually champion live CDs of any kind. A band has to have paid some *serious* dues to earn one. The best ones come posthumously, as a sort of living tribute [see the Smoking Popes live disc for proof]. But lately, it seems like every .
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MU330 is sort of an anomaly, for me at least. I am not one to usually champion live CDs of any kind. A band has to have paid some *serious* dues to earn one. The best ones come posthumously, as a sort of living tribute [see the Smoking Popes live disc for proof]. But lately, it seems like every band thinks they have achieved the right to put out a live CD, and frankly, the market is getting flooded, especially in independant music. I'm personally blaming Pearl Jam for encouraging their fans' gluttony, but regardless. In the past year, I can think of the following bands that have put out live CDs: Braid, Smoking Popes, Dance Hall Crashers, The Slackers, Blink-182, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Apples In Stereo, Built To Spill, The Clash, the list goes on and on [and I'm sure there are more waiting in the wings]. Most of those releases seem to exist for no notable purpose except to bolster sales of their back catalogue or to get something out there to make a few more dollars. MU330 are certainly an exception to this rule. Since their inception in 1988, they have played over 1300 shows and are still going strong, even after a few lineup changes. They are dedicated to their craft, if nothing else, and this is a good souvenir of the first 13 years for the band and fans alike. The breakdown of songs is as follows:
Press - 2
Chumps On Parade - 5
Crab Rangoon - 7
Self-Titled - 4
Comp/7" tracks - 0
So while MU330 Does still play their older material for the fans, it is obvious they enjoy their newer material for themselves, as well, making this live CD being something that will please almost anybody. This CD makes me regret my decision last year to sell "Press" and "Crab Rangoon," as this stuff actually isn't half bad, and I am not normally one to go wild over ska nowadays. If you've ever been a fan of MU330, you'll need to own this. If you've only heard a few songs, this is a veritable "Greatest Hits" package complete with crowd interaction, so you can't go wrong there. Let's see if MU330 can make it 1300 more shows... [taken from A different kind of greatness webzine]

 

 
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Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

I've bought this record when I was beginning to listen ska music. at this moment, it was great for me, but now I don't like anymore live records! this record is pretty cool, very funny and crazy. If you are a fan of 330 , buy it!

Anonymous (April 15, 2001)

While this was a fairly good live album, I was disapointed with which songs they decided not to play. I was really hoping to hear "stagent water" and "baby rats" Also why didnt they include jerry singing that bluebird song, (if youve seen them, then you know what i mean). That is one of the best parts of the show. Other than those it was a great album.

Anonymous (April 15, 2001)

You say a band has to pay serious dues to have the right to put out a solo album. Then you say that bands like the Clash, The Slackers, Sunny Day Real Estate, etc, did it for money. Havent those bands paid dues? Hell, the Clash are the probably the greatest punk band ever, the slackers are one of the best groups the 3rd wave ever spewed out, and SDRE are one of emo's pioneers! I think all those bands have paid their "dues".

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