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Gomez
Out West (live at the Fillmore)
ATO Records
www.gomez.co.uk


I mean, really. Have you been paying attention? All that you really, really need to know about rock and roll music you can easily learn from Gomez. Why? Because Gomez absolutely, positively, fucking rocks. It's a well-documented fact, people. And the only thing that rocks more than listening to a Gomez record is seeing a Gomez live show. And finally, we have an official release of a Gomez live show… kind of. Out West is a two-disc set compiled from recordings of a three-night stand in January 2005 in San Francisco at the world famous Fillmore [West]. As expected… it's simply awesome.

From the opening notes of "Get Miles" straight through to the extraordinarily antic-ridden version of "Whippin' Picadilly", Out West is a fine documentation of one of the finest live bands of all time. From solid performances of Gomez classics like "Get Myself Arrested" and an absolutely stunning version of "Bring It On" to newer crowd pleasers like the wildly erratic "These 3 Sins", Out West is a non-stop rock and roll joyride. Using Nick Drake's classic "Black Eyed Dog" as a segue into "Free To Run" is a moment of brilliance, however the exclusion of "Not Fade Away" during "Nothing Is Wrong" seems a bit remiss. "Ping One Down" is presented here with an elongated introduction sans keyboards and the lead-in to the Tom Waits' classic "Going Out West" is a throbbing exercise in percussion and deep grooves. It's nice to hear Gomez actually covering a song in its entirety, as that is not something I've heard since the Bring It On tour. The Grateful Dead-jam band kids will get their kicks on tracks like the seminal "Here Comes The Breeze" with its extended and polyrhythmic solo section. In other words, all the quintessential parts of a truly fabulous Gomez live show are here - in permanently archived evidence.

So, even though this isn't actually a recording of a singular live show, but a conglomeration of a few different dates, both the continuity and the conclusion remain the same. Gomez rocks. On record, or live, there is nothing better than seeing five Englishmen tear it up in a way that no other rock band has ever torn it up. Buy the record. Or better yet, go see them on tour!

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
Disc: 1
1. Get Miles
2. Shot Shot
3. Hangover
4. Going Out West
5. Here Comes The Breeze
6. We Haven't Turned Around
7. Fill My Cup
8. Do One
9. Revolutionary Kind
Disc: 2
1. Bring It On
2. Nothing Is Wrong
3. Love Is Better Than A Warm Trombone
4. Do's And Don'ts
5. Black Eyed Dog/Free To Run
6. Ping One Down
7. Blue Moon Rising
8. Get Myself Arrested
9. These 3 Sins
10. Make No Sound


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