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Mole Show (also known as The Mole Show: Live At The Roxy) is a 1983 live album by The Residents, recorded during their Mole Show series of performances on October 30th, 1982 at the Roxy, Los Angeles.

History

Originally released as a bootleg cassette entitled Live at the Roxy, 30 Oct. 1982, The Cryptic Corporation bought the recording from the bootlegger and re-issued it as The Residents' first official live album in 1983.

The original cover art for the Mole Show album features a simple, iconic black and white image which has since become known as the "classic eyeball", having often been featured on the band's merchandise and t-shirts in the decades since the release of Mole Show in 1982.

Release

Mole Show was also released in a limited edition of 1800 picture discs. The 1982 release features no track listing.

The album was remastered in 1998 and reissued on CD that year on Bomba Records as The Mole Show: Live At The Roxy (differentiating it from the 1989 release of Mole Show: Live In Holland) with a slightly altered track listing and new cover art.

It was remastered again by Scott Colburn in 2018 as part of The Residents' ongoing pREServed series of expanded reissues of their catalog of albums, and was released on Cherry Red/MVD on April 5th 2019 as the fourth disc of the comprehensive six disc Mole Box set.

Track listing

1983 release

  1. Side One (22:13)
    1. Voices of the Air
    2. The Secret Seed
    3. The Ultimate Disaster
    4. God of Darkness
    5. Migration
  2. Side Two (28:00)
    1. Another Land
    2. The New Machine
    3. Song of the Wild
    4. Final Confrontation
    5. "We Had To Borrow Money From Our Parents..."
    6. Satisfaction
    7. Happy Home

1998 remaster

  1. Voices of the Air (3:09)
  2. The Secret Seed (2:08)
  3. Narration (0:42)
  4. The Ultimate Disaster (4:37)
  5. Narration (0:11)
  6. God of Darkness (2:41)
  7. Narration (0:17)
  8. Marching to the Sea (2:43)
  9. The Observer (1:22)
  10. The New Hymn (4:23)
  11. Another Land (3:32)
  12. Narration (0:12)
  13. Call of the Wild (3:16)
  14. Don't Tread On Me (2:51)
  15. Final Confrontation (3:34)
  16. Narration (1:58)
  17. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) (2:21)
  18. Happy Home (3:12)

2019 Mole Box version

  1. Voices of the Air (3:07)
  2. The Secret Seed (1:58)
  3. "Welcome..." (0:51)
  4. The Ultimate Disaster (4:46)
  5. "Rather Flashy..." (0:14)
  6. God of Darkness (2:35)
  7. "Mole Style..." (0:18)
  8. Migration (8:17)
  9. Another Land (3:20)
  10. "That's All We Need..." (0:22)
  11. The New Machine (6:26)
  12. "A Real Complicated Ending..." (0:32)
  13. Song of the Wild (3:03)
  14. Final Confrontation (6:47)
  15. "We Had To Borrow Money From Our Parents..." (1:41)
  16. Satisfaction (2:10)
  17. Happy Home (3:19)

Bonus Tracks (2011 Japanese CD)

  1. Ralph Record 1977 Radio Special Part3 (From Eat Exuding Oinks) (13:05)

Credits

Additional Credits (From later pressings)

Quotes

The Residents have been in San Francisco making records for about 12 years, but they've never performed until now. A couple of reasons behind that. There was a synthesizer invented called the Emulator, which was invented a couple of years ago and allowed The Residents to perform all of their music live. Until now, they had not been able to do that because the music is very difficult to do live. They had been very used to the studio.

- Nessie Lessons, Mole Show interview, 1983

Release History

Year Label Format Region Notes
1983 Ralph Records LP US No track listing.
1998 Bomba Records CD JP Remaster
2011 Birdsong & Hayabusa Landings Remaster, features excerpt from the 1977 Radio Special.
2019 MVD, New Ralph Too, Cherry Red US, EU Remaster, as part of The Mole Box.

See also

External links and references

Buy Or Die

References

  1. 1998 Bomba CD
  2. 2019 'Mole Box' Set
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