Klaatu — Solology
(Bullseye BLR-CD-2517, 2005, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01
Canadian trio Klaatu was primarily a studio outfit, their only live performances coming in the early 80s toward the tail end of their five album run. So the highlight of Solology is the six live ‘unplugged’ tracks that were recorded at Klaatucon in 2005, a one-off band reunion organized around the release of the Sun Set two-disc outtakes compilation. A rare treat indeed for fans who have always wanted to hear the material performed live, the trio are joined by a female backing vocalist. The balance of the CD is comprised of the contents of the Raarities vinyl LP released a few years ago, consisting of alternate single mixes, instrumental versions, orchestral outtakes and one live cut from ’81. Many of these don’t sound a whole lot different than the original LP versions, making the studio portion of the disc a jog through the band’s best material via alternate takes. Only one previously unreleased-in-any-form song is included. So is this collection really essential? The twenty minutes of live cuts are what saves it from being merely a disc of curiosities for the hardcore Klaatu fanatic.
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