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Last Exit's 1989 limited edition release on MuWorks is considered by many fans to be their finest hour, and ironically, their least available work. Until now!

Last Exit
Headfirst Into The Flames: Live In Europe

Last Exit: Headfirst Into The Flames: Live In Europe (DMG ARC)
Label: DMG ARC    
Released in: USA    

"Headfirst Into The Flames is considered by many fans to be the best of the six releases by the improv super-group Last Exit, and the least widely distributed. Ronald Shannon Jackson is on drums, occasionally adding creepy blues vocals worthy of a serial killer. Sonny Sharrock play nasty blues lines when he isn't beating his guitar to a pulp, while German sax madman Peter Brotzmann veers between similar extremes with his squealing and honking. Laswell was the perfect bassist for this unit, his dirty, hard-driving lines retaining a feeling of downright meanness throughout. An over-the-top live recording of frighteningly talented musicians improvising as a unit, this album is what you REALLY want to scrape out your cerebral cortex!"-DMG

"Never let it be said that Last Exit didn't take advantage of recording their live shows or playing in front of adoring Europeans. With cover art and song titles courtesy of the late avant-garde British poet Kenneth Patchen, Headfirst kicks off with the brain fry of "Lizard Eyes" only to launch into a Sharrock improv called "Don't Be a Cry Baby, Whatever You Do." Brotzmann blows wild and free here, and his squeal and blurt provides a great counterpoint to the rumble of the rhythms and the pummeling sonic overload of Sharrock's guitar. Another piece of blurt that will make you head spin!"-John Dougan, All Music

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Product Information:

UPC: 808713070125

Label: DMG ARC
Catalog ID: DMG/ARC-0701
Squidco Product Code: 9424

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live in Stockholm and Munich, 1989. Originally released in 1989 as a limited edition CD on Robert Musso's MuWorks label.


Sonny Sharrock-guitar

Peter Brotzmann-reeds

Bill Laswell-bass

Shannon Jackson-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Lizard Eyes 5:30

2. Don't Be a Cry Baby Whatever You Do 6:35

3. So Small, So Weak, This Bloody Sweat of Loving 4:25

4. Headfirst Into the Flames 3:00

5. A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows 6:25

6. Jesus! What Gorgeous Monkeys We Are 11:01

7. Hanged Man Are Always Naked 10:05

8. No One Knows Anything 5:15

9. I Must Confess I'm a Cannibal 10:40