Sonic Youth have yet again added more material to their Bandcamp page, this time in the form of rare live album Hold That Tiger.
Since March, the band have shared 12 live shows to their Bandcamp page which included the out-of-print 1987 EP Master-Dik as well as an array of live albums. The latest rarity is classified as being a “semi-official bootleg LP” that was recorded in 1987 and initially released in 1991.
The band released a lengthy statement about the album which read: “Originally released as a semi-official bootleg LP in 1991 by friend and music writer, Byron Coley, on his Goofin’ imprint (we would eventually hijack the Goofin’ moniker for our own band-run label a few years later).
“The recording was nearly 60-minutes in length, so to prevent manufacturing a cost-prohibitive double LP, the master was slightly sped-up to fit the entire concert (us blasting through a finely-tuned set of songs from Sister, EVOL and a nightly encore tribute to the Ramones), on one single LP.”
The statement continues: “Cramming the grooves of the vinyl in such a way resulted in Hold That Tiger playing at a lower volume on the stereo, thus the “one hour long — don’t have a cow! — crank it up’ sticker affixed to the front of the original LP cover.”
“A few years later in 1998, Hold That Tiger was remastered for CD re-issue. The audio quality was improved from the lower fidelity lp but unfortunately, the slightly sped-up performance was not corrected — until today. We are pleased to make available the best-sounding version of Hold That Tiger — SY performing full-on in 1987.”
Listen to the record below.