There are now more Sex Pistols
CDs available to the undiscerning collector than the band actually had songs (or even different versions of songs) to begin with, which means listeners dipping into these waters for the first time really need to keep their wits about them. Thankfully, this set is one of those that will always repay investment, a great off-the-desk recording of a fall 1976 show, before the Sex Pistols
were consumed by their own legend and their audience read in the tabloid papers how to behave at a punk gig. The live set packs no surprises -- again, the band had surprisingly few songs in its repertoire, and most of them get a run out here. Missing, of course, are the two penned following founder bassist Glen Matlock
's departure ("Holidays in the Sun" and "Bodies"), but that's not really any loss. What remained was still sufficient to fire the last great revolution in rock history; one whose ricochets are still being felt today. One thing is sad, however. Play this alongside the "official" Sex Pistols
live album, recorded on their mid-'90s reunion tour. It's definitely the same musicians. But it's not the same people. Not by a long chalk.