Recently unearthed! The full 80 minute set with between song "blab" captured live in stereo concert from Byron Bay Australia. The Ridgway Band on this recording is : Stan Ridgway: guitar, vcs, harmonica / Pietra Wexstun: keyboards. vcs / Joe Berardi: drums, perc. / Roger Kleier: lead guitar / Bernard Hall: keyboards / Joe Ramirez: bass, vcs / Recorded live in 1987 during "The Big Heat " tour, Ridgway's first visit to Australia. Fair dinkim ! Comes in full color sleeve with shrink wrap.
*PLEASE NOTE: There is an audio drop out in the song 'Camouflage' - this is due to the original source recording and not a defect on the CD or digital download.
"Stan Ridgway tells stories from the underside of America. It's the dream gone sour; the dream that never even took root. Tales of losers who battle on and play the game their own way, with a glamour-less beauty and a bath of realism...slices of lives that knew the rules have been drawn up 'someplace else'; characters that have to bluff to get by."
FOLLOW MUSIC AUSTRALIA ( 1987)
"Ridgway has the talent to hold your attention by telling a tale in the same intense and clear way that rockers like Neil Young and Lou Reed do. A cool Californian commentator with a sense of humor to match his sense of history." Q MAGAZINE
"Ridgway's tales of the sad, soft underbelly of the American Dream are songs of hope petering into resignation, of idealism soured into cynicism; he's a very adult writer operating in an arena more usually home to the naive and infantile." THE INDEPENDENTS
"In fact he's an ingenious writer with a grip on low - life imagery that hearkens back to that of Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht.. If a modern American counterpart to Bertol Brecht's collaborations with Kurt Weil exits, it's the music of Stan Ridgway." SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"If David Lynch were a musician, he would be Stan Ridgway. Both look at Leave It To Beaver America and see serial killers lurking beneath its porches. Both can infuse a simple everyday object with weirdness and dread, creating A world that;'s consistently disturbing, fascinating and cool." L.A. WEEKLY