Review Summary: TON's infamous "live" album
By 1992, Roadrunner thought it will be good for Type O Negative to record a live album to appeal European audiences, but the band end up spending almost all the budget to fund a live recording on drugs and booze. Realizing they needed to fulfill their contractual obligations, the band recorded a studio album sounding like a live show. Supposedly recorded live at Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the album features re-recorded misnamed versions of some Slow, Deep and Hard
songs, crowd noises, fake confrontations with the fans, and even a bomb threat interrupting a song.
The album opens with chants of "You suck! You suck!", but the band continues to play anyway, opening the show with "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else", better produced than the original version, but near the end when it's just Peter's vocals and keyboard, the "audience" completely disappears. Next is "Are You Afraid", the only original song that features a more goth metal style. The supposed bomb threat happens between "Gravity" and "Pain" interrupting these fast punk songs for a few minutes. After this moment, it's "Kill You Tonight", a two minute noisy punk song, maybe it was just played to piss off the fake audience. Up next is "Hey Peter", a cover from Billy Roberts' Hey Joe with new lyrics by Steele, it's one of the best moments of this album. Closing this show is "Kill You Tonight (reprise)", more interesting than first part but still a great song, which has a sample of the closing piano strike from The Beatles' "A Day in the Life". On later album reissues, there's a bonus track "Paranoid", a cover from Black Sabbath's classic song, and it's the best track of the album, with a goth atmosphere Peter's talent to re-invent a song shines and his voice is just overwhelming.
All in all, it's a great album, although Peter Steele said he intended it like an insult to all people got sick because of crude lyrics of the first album, but still has some great musical moments as well as funny. While it isn't a definite must unless you're a Type O Negative fan, this on purpose poorly played fake live record is a very fun listen, the fake crowd and the stuff Peter Steele says back to them keep things interesting.