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3 stars Can you hear the hum?

This live album recorded in 1988 marked the ten year anniversary of Haze's formation in 1978. It also marked the end of the first chapter of the band's history. Drummer Paul Chisnell announced his departure from the band on this gig and this left the future of the band in an uncertain state. Chisnell would eventually return to the fold, but it would be another ten years before they did anything again as Haze. The two McMahon brothers did however carry on alone in the 90's under the name of World Turtle. Haze is still going strong today and at the time of writing a new release is coming in just a few weeks, their first studio album since 1987's Stoat & Bottle.

The 10th Anniversary Show was originally released on double cassette as a fan club release in 1988, but was reissued on double CD in 2008. Both the performances and the sound are surprisingly good, they are clearly having fun on stage. The set list draws on the three albums the band released in the 80's, all of which have also been reissued on CD in the new millennium (including the EP The Ember which was included as bonus tracks on the C'est La Vie CD). But there are also several numbers here that did not appear on any of those albums, as well as a couple of covers. Several of the new songs at the time were later recorded for the first World Turtle album in 1994 and one of them (The Red Room) will appear in studio form for the first time on the new album The Last Battle in 2013. There is a credible cover of Strawbs' The Hangman And The Papist and Fallen Leaves surprisingly includes snippets of Led Zeppelin's Achilles Last Stand and Hawkwind's Hurry On Sundown. Cocaine was however a somewhat ill-advised choice!

This live album is a nice addition to any Haze collection and it is probably a better representation of the band's first ten years than the compilation album In The End: 1978-1988. Still, it is the least good of the band's three anniversary live albums. I would recommend newcomers to start with the much more recent 30th Anniversary Shows double album.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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