Just to read the opening paragraph in the accompanying 20 page booklet entitled YOU ARE HERE and you immediately get the sense of importance and buzz surrounding that 2008 Massive Attack Meltdown Festival, “Never before had the Meltdown banner seemed mores suitable than on the night of 24th June 2008. when Primal Scream shared the bill with the MC5 at the annual festival held at the Royal Festival Hall.” if mere words fail to convince there are two audio compact discs and a dvd disc to further convince then delight. Whereas my focus is with the the Special package includes a 2xCD set of the complete show, plus a substantial booklet featuring photos from the concert and extensive liner notes by Primal Scream confidante Kris Needs including interviews with Bobby Gillespie and Mike Davis. This will also be housed in a deluxe package of 3 gatefold card sleeves with the booklet inside a specially designed box. Musically the end result is over two and a half hours of none stop premiere rock n roll.
I’ve been informed that the legendary MC5 Davis Kramer Thompson played their final ever show in July 2011with the Stooges, this being the only show they have done since this concert. Which makes this performance all the more important, lucky for us all, that tonight’s performance was so well captured. Also playing their part to the full a band that was a cornerstone of Creation Records for so many years; Primal Scream have their profile higher now than it has been for ten years with the re issue and world tour of their seminal album ‘Screamadelica’ although saying that, back in 2008, Primal Scream were back then a respected force to be reckoned with.
The set lists are amazing, they make the word ‘classic’ virtually redundant, this kind of event normally occurs around the time of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame across the water, not albeit in central London. The set list is pulsating with classic rock tracks such as ‘Ramblin’ Rose’, ‘ Kick out the Jams’, ‘Looking at You’ , ‘Movin On Up’ , ‘Motor City Is Burning’, ‘Accelerator’ , ‘Rocks’, ‘Sister Anne’, ‘Shoot Speed Kill Light ‘ and the encore sees BOTH bands on stage together for half an hour with guest and former MC5 manager John Sinclair. Handling lead vocals for the MC5 on this night was William (In safe hands) Duvall ( Alice in Chains).
This for us here at the office, could not get better. For me MC5 have always represented an enigma, the grandfathers of punk, just to hear MC5 live set in full is sadly rare and so special, equally so impressive, is Bobby Gillespie in blinding form as he belts out the classics, a very special night, yet another I wish I was there kinda events. This release is so good, it’s essential. 9.7/10