For Lack Of Honest Work (Uk)

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Review Text Billed as the first official collection of live bootleg recordings, the triple-disc For Lack of Honest Work is a live anthology stretching back to live-in-the-studio recordings of “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and “Broke Down and Busted” in Philadelphia from 1971 and running all the way to 2006, when Todd belts out “I Hate My Frickin’ ISP” in Toronto. In between these extremes are many other extremes -- Todd indulging in the early days of Utopia, cuts from his A Cappella tour, a doo wop arrangement of “Real Man,” a synthesized piss-take of “Bang on the Drum,” a solo electric “Hammer in Your Heart,” slickly accomplished on-stage jamming -- all loosely arranged so the first disc contains the poppiest material, the second the proggiest, the third his mature phase. It’s not quite a straight-on realist portrait but a hazy abstract impression of Todd’s multifaceted abilities, with the overall range being somewhat more impressive than individual moments. As these are labeled as bootlegs, the sound is indeed a little rough at times, but those who choose to listen to a triple-disc 43-track collection of archival concert recordings won’t be daunted by patchy sound, they’ll merely mine for individual gems…and they’ll find some, too, no matter if their tastes are geared toward Something/Anything? or RA. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
  2. 2. Broke Down and Busted
  3. 3. Be Nice to Me
  4. 4. Utopia
  5. 5. Black Maria
  6. 6. Open My Eyes
  7. 7. Freedom Fighters
  8. 8. Wheel
  9. 9. When the Shit Hits the Fan/Sunset Blvd./Le Feel Internacionale
  10. 10. Real Man
  11. 11. Eastern Intrigue
  12. 12. Black and White
  13. 13. Hello It's Me

CD: 2

  1. 14. Seven Rays
  2. 15. Never Never Land
  3. 16. Mister Triscuits/Something's Coming
  4. 17. Last Ride
  5. 18. Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song
  6. 19. Healer
  7. 20. Love Is the Answer
  8. 21. I Saw the Light
  9. 22. Bag Lady
  10. 23. Too Far Gone
  11. 24. Dream Goes on Forever
  12. 25. Born to Synthesize
  13. 26. Johnee Jingo
  14. 27. Hodja
  15. 28. Honest Work

CD: 3

  1. 29. Can We Still Be Friends
  2. 30. Cliché
  3. 31. What's Going On/Mercy Mercy Me
  4. 32. Bang the Drum
  5. 33. Love of the Common Man
  6. 34. Lysistrata
  7. 35. Hammer in My Heart
  8. 36. Song of the Viking
  9. 37. Free, Male and 21
  10. 38. Tiny Demons
  11. 39. Want of a Nail
  12. 40. I Hate My Frickin' ISP
  13. 41. Fascist Christ
  14. 42. World Wide Epiphany
  15. 43. One World

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Release Date
4/1/16 

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