YO LA TENGO ROCKET

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#1 Fri, 1997-08-01 08:53
JAMES L WOLF
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YO LA TENGO ROCKET

Got the Yo La Tengo "Rocket #9" record last night. All in all, not bad. A spirited, somewhat punkified Velvet Undergroundy rendition of the song as it appears in the singles collection. But, to tell the truth, nothing extremely special either. Regrettably, YLT does not credit the song to Sun Ra, or anybody else. The "first" version is live with muddy sound (authentic at least) and covers the frst side and half of the second side. The "second" version is more laid back, so much so that I couldn't hear any resemblence to "Rocket #9" as we know it, but maybe I missed that. To sum up, not an essential record, but may be of interest to folks also into the indie scene, and to those wanting to keep track of all the Sun Ra covers out there. James