Coliseum, Columbia 12/12/1981
Controversy Tour Carolina Coliseum, Columbia 12th
1. Uptown 2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? 3. Sexy Dancer 4. I Wanna Be Your
Lover 5. Head 6. Dirty Mind 7. Do Me, Baby 8. Controversy 9. Let's Work 10.
Partyup 11. Jack U Off
(rates this release 5.0/5.0)
As I'm sure just about
everyone is aware, this show can be found on the excellent 'City
Lights : Columbia/Saginaw' release. It would only be fair to say that the
original recordings on the City Lights set are amongst the cleanest, clearest
soundboard recordings already circulating, so anything done to the audio is
minimal - due to the fact the recordings were of such high quality to begin
What 4DaFunk have done is repaired the 5 second drop-out during 'Do Me, Baby'
which was a slight annoyance on the original City Lights set. Not only have they
repaired it, but it is flawlessly done and I can guarantee it would go unnoticed
to anyone who wasn't aware of it being there - really excellent work. The audio
also receives a boost and sounds fresher than before. The show itself is one of
the longest from the Controversy tour due to the rare addition of 'Sexy Dancer'
along with two encores. The undisputed highlight is surely the guitar
masturbation on 'Head' which not only includes some feedback guaranteed to blow
your speakers, but guitar work which epitomises the phrase "chicken scratching".
'Partyup' is also extremely lengthy clocking in at 9 minutes and is followed by
the closing 'Jack U Off'. My only complaint about the show is that the opening
'The Second Coming' is missing from the recording (as with the Saginaw
recording), however that's no slight on 4DaFunk who used what was already
circulating. So, is this rehash?
In my opinion the fact 4DaFunk have actually done some major repair work on the
previous recording means that it can't be classed as rehash. This evidently
hasn't been put through a cheap sound editor and released - time, care and
effort have been used on this - and the results are impressive.
The original City Lights set will always be amongst the best ever released -
this release should simply be viewed as an updated version, and not a
replacement. I'd also like to point out that the show has been verified by the
University of South Carolina as having taken place at their Carolina Coliseum.