Led Bib – The Good Egg
(Live vinyl release – Cuneiform. LP Review by Daniel Bergsagel)
Coming in the wake of their recent album release The People In Your Neighbourhood, the live vinyl release of The Good Egg could be easily overlooked. For a band known for their gigging prowess, adventure, and atmosphere, it’s a record which would be a shame to miss.
At the outset Giant Bean is bold, frantic and farcical chase, immediately contrasted by the tender start to the anguished ballad of Recycling Saga, with Mark Holub’s persistent drums and Toby McClaren’s tinkling piano building suspense to support the cracked emotion of the saxes. Liran Donin leads the line with a ponderous walking bass into Shapes and Size – the only track not to have featured on their recent release – as chaos and discord grow to leave Pete Grogan and Chris Williams exchanging honks. The final treacle-slow New Orleans intro to Imperial Green which moves in to the realms of Pink Floyd, and onwards into the stomping ordered chaos that the band so comfortably inhabit.
Four tracks may seem a small endeavour, but with the shortest piece on the album weighing in at over seven and a half minutes, this is certainly a release with substance. Having experienced these songs live at the tail end of Led Bib’s tour less than two weeks ago it is interesting to revisit them again on record, even if The Good Egg, as a collection of recordings from last year at The Vortex and Rich Mix, could be considered a suitable halfway house between a live set and a studio production. Their visceral live style and intensity translates strongly, and the track selection leaves The Good Egg as a powerful precipitate of the band: of the composition, the imagination, and its vibrant execution.