The Mekons: New York
You know a band is great when they release odds and ends that are better
than most other bands' painstakingly rendered studio efforts. New York is a
shambling ode to
life on the road that features live tracks, band commentary (including snoring), and a ratty
version of the Band's "The Shape I'm In." Upon its release, I thought New York the province
of Mekons fanatics, that the casual fan or curious would tire of its casual attitude, lack of
focus, and its audio-verite documentary approach. Now I think that if you like the Mekons,
there is no good reason not to possess this recording. Originally released on cassette, New
York was reissued on CD by ROIR/Important in 1990.
A live version of "The Shape I'm In" by the Mekons appeared on their 2000 release On the Road. For more on the Mekons, see the page for their F.U.N. EP, where they do a cover version of the Band's "It Makes No Difference".
The Mekons - New York - 1987 - ROIR 5026