Hüsker Dü – Tonite Longhorn (2CD)
A 2xCD set of rare, early Hüsker Dü live recordings, featuring original flyers and artwork.
Drawn from the historical Hüsker Dü recording archives compiled by Terry Katzman, this double disc live set is an essential companion piece to the band’s Savage Young Du Box Set, taken from extremely intimate concerts early in the band’s history.
While the SYD release principally featured studio demos, the 28 tracks presented on Tonite Longhorn are the time machine that vividly thrusts the listener straight back to Hüsker Dü’s embryonic unsheathing on stage. Disc 1 covers a year’s evolution to between July 1979 and 1980, while Disc 2 lands the listener in a 13-song set from September 1980.
Perhaps 120 people in total saw these three Longhorn performances; until now, a handful at most have heard the playbacks. So, rare and fresh, it’s all here: the songs, the driven performances, the small club intimacy of being in front of select friends, fans, and peers, with one fair shot at getting it right. These four sides leave you in no doubt that they did.