The craziest thing about this album is that Les Claypoole had only been playing with the other members, “Herb” and Ler for three months when this was recorded. You would have never noticed judging by the great songs. The only things this CD offers that “Frizzle Fry” doesn’t is “Tommy the Cat”, “Jellikit”, and “The Heckler”. The sound isn’t as clean, but you do get a live “ballroom” sound. This CD is getting tougher and tougher to find these days. If you’re a fan, you better buy it right now!!!
1.Intro (:48) 2.Devil In Jersey City (4:47) 3.Delerium Trigger (5:16) 4.The Crowning (6:37) 5.Blood Red Summer (4:24) 6.Everything Evil (10:17)
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i knew this was going to be quite an adventure to listen to. after buying “seas of cheese” and finally realizing my love for it and then sinking my teeth into the “misc. debris” ep, it was time to continue my newfound relationship with the band called primus. seemed to me the best way to go would be to check out what their live show would be like from a distance. so i picked up “suck on this” and discovered some vintage primus. it was time to try to catch up and this was the perfect way to do it. say what you will about live albums, but if you appreciate a good show in a cozy, smoke-filled bar with a hundred strangers you don’t know, you’ll appreciate this, especially if you know what you’re getting yourself into from the moment you push the play button. i love the live version of “groundhogs day” as well as “the heckler.” for a while, it was the only track off “suck on this” that was missing as a studio version on a later disc, so i always wondered what i would sound like. luckily, i finally found out at the end of “antipop”.
When i first glanced at suck on this a couple of months ago, I wasn’t all that well motivated. After all, I already had frizzle fry, which 5 of the song on it, and pork soda which had “the pressman,” and i also think that this is why there so few people reviewing it. But then how did i come to buying it awhile later? As it turns out, this cd isn’t all that appealig if you view it as an entirely different album, but if you view it as the songs from two early primus concerts packed in this really cool little digipack (if you get the re-release), so that it can be heard any time, any where. As far as the music itself goes, it is amazing. and there are slight differences in the songs from thier studeo versions(except for jellikit, which a studeo if any, is yet to come), for example “John the fisherman,” has a different, yet better intro, or the chorus of “the pressman,” the drums are louder, and more appearent, which makes it sound a lot less awkward than the studeo version from “pork soda,” the only critisizm here was the abscence of tom waits in “tommy the cat” but its still a good song. One last comment isthat this is one of those great live albums, where the sound doesn’t occaisianally get marred by the audience, when they are cheering in the middle of the song, nor are there those times when the singer pauses to let the audience sing part of the song, and you can’t make out what they are saying. which makes it one of best collections of live songs I’ve ever heard. overall 5/5
This is a great album. My first primus album. Les Claypool is an amazing bassist, now i wish i had picked up the bass instead of the guitar!!
this very first Primus album still sounds very agressive and punchy – “Heckler”,”Jellikit”,”John the fisherman” are full of energy and anger. Claypool’s virtuoso bass lines,Herb’s hard drumming and some noisy guitars are what Primus is famous for on their live showes.here we have them in all grace.The songs have many black humour in lyrics.Les is not only amazing bass player and vocalist,i believe he is the best lyricist in modern avantgarde rock.i prefer their studio albums but i love the raw sound they have got here.brutal and unpolished.hats off for Primus.