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The Boomtown Rats

Live Germany '78 DVD/CD

Review by Gary Hill

I had completely forgotten how raw and pure punk the Boomtown Rats were at first. This scorching hot concert really makes that fact clear. The sound mix isn’t perfect for sure. The main problems being Bob Geldof’s vocals and the piano both overshadowed by the rest of the group. This concert is a fun reminder of the fact that the Rats were a young, hungry band in 1978. I like the booklet that comes with this DVD. I really love the fact that an audio CD of the show is also included. If you want to remember what the Boomtown Rats were like in the beginning, get this. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a great blast from the past.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2015  Volume 4 at

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