Despite the seven-year creative break in 2004-11, The Bevis Frond are among the most industrious psych/indie bands. 23 studio albums since 1987 speak a clear language, especially since mastermind Nick Saloman also has the habit of packing the CDs packed full of music. For the 2011 comeback "The Leaving Of London" there was a tour, which also took the London band to Café Cairo in Würzburg, where this double CD was recorded. Saloman chose a healthy cross-section from the extensive back catalogue. Of course the songs are subject to a certain arbitrariness and uniformity. But there are no weak ones, just as the highlights are rare. "Son Of A Warm Gun" is one such, as is the 15-minute jam-like "Superseded" or "Reflections In A Tall Mirror" with a concise guitar line. So is Johnny Kwango. The Bevis Frond mostly stay true to their studio versions, but here and there extend a guitar solo into the boundless. The sound is flawless, the performance sovereign and soulful. But if you know the studio albums, you won't find much new stuff here.
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