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Reviewed on 29th November 2003.

 
 

Take the Money and Run

By Terrorvision

There was a time when Terrorvision were truly at the top of their game - but two years on from their split, will anyone really want a new live album? Always a risky prospect, a gig recording always promises so much and often delivers very little. But 'Take the Money and Run', Terrorvision's last gig burnt onto shiny CD, is a fitting curtain fall on Bradford's finest. Taken from their appearance at Pennington's on October 4 two years ago, this is a triple disc box set, with the entire gig on the first two CDs and a DVD interview nestling on the third. 'My House' provides a suitably raucous start, with the crowd joyfully singing along to every single word. The band is on form, sounding like they were really putting everything into this final performance. Track five, 'Babyface' from the 'Shaving Peaches' album, particularly stands out for the inventive live sound. The set is littered with forgotten classics like 'Jason' from 'Formaldehyde' and the rarely performed 'What Makes You Tick?' from 'How to Make Friends and Influence People'. Their biggest hit, 'Tequila', is aired to a rapturous response with Mark Yates' guitar furnishing the famous drinking tune with a harder edge. 'From Out of Nothing' from 'Good to Go' sounds brilliant, with the Bradford lads proving they can do serious as well. Hit singles are played too, though, with 'Perseverance' and 'Oblivion' providing a fittingly bouncy ending to the gig. The good thing about this album is that it really does show Terrorvision as they were best - live and lairy. As Mark Yates, Leigh Marklew and Tony Wright continue making music with new groups, this release succeeds as a reminder of just how good their old band was. If you liked them when they were still together, remember them with this.

 

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