back in 1993, Houdini was the album that first got me interested in the Melvins. I had heard of them before, but I was never familiar with their music until this album came out. from the first song on Houdini, I was hooked. it made me understand that you can play noisy heavy rock, but still have an air of weirdness & mystery, and at the same time still retain a primitive simplicity. unfortunately, the Melvins were not meant to be on a major label, but fortunately for them, the big grunge boom of the early 90’s worked in their favor, briefly bringing their music to larger masses, even if for only a few years. its nice to know that they still recognize their past achievements and how important they were (and still are) by releasing this live album. its crazy to think that Houdini came out 13 years ago. maybe this live album will encourage newer Melvins fans to delve deeper into their back catalog to experience what made them great back in the day.