Exposé Online banner

Anekdoten — Official Bootleg: Live in Japan
(ARC-1036/1037, 1998, 2CD)

by Rob Walker, Published 1998-07-01

Official Bootleg: Live in Japan Cover art

Recorded over two nights of the band's recent trip to Japan, this double-CD live set captures perfectly the confident and relentlessly energetic live sound Anekdoten has developed. The set includes most of the songs from Vemod and Nucleus, plus four impressive new tracks. "Tabatah," perhaps the best of them, features 9 and a half minutes of the band's most dark and zeuhl-ishly intense work to date, while the smooth, rolling "Road to Nowhere" lays down an entrancing groove as a backdrop for a nimble guitar solo. The overall sound quality of these discs is superb. The well-balanced mix reveals very strong and clean performances all around, and highlights both the expressive vocals and amazing drumming that make these tracks stand out over their already solid studio versions. While the thundering bass lines, angular guitar work, and euphoric Mellotron textures are all here in abundance, it's the unparalleled percussion work, with its dexterous fills and nuanced flourishes, that contributes more than anything else to the sophistication and power of the music captured on these discs. Altogether a tight, organic, and thoroughly enjoyable set from what has clearly become a fantastic live band.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 15, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Anekdoten

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ken Field - Under the Skin – We all know saxophonist Field from his many years with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and of late, his Revolutionary Snake Ensemble also. His solo albums tend to be lesser known, perhaps because they are...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues