Black Ep Import, EP, Enhanced
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Exclusive French-only EP features the lead track 'Say Hello to the Angels', taken from their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights. Since the release of the debut, Interpol have gone from strength to strength, garnering critical accolades along the way. Also included on this EP: 'NYC' (Demo) and four cuts culled from the band's 2002 appearance on The Black Sessions, a popular in-studio concert broadcast on France's Inter radio, aired during Bernard Lenoir's C'est Lenoir program: 'Obstacle 1', 'Specialist', 'Leif Erikson', and 'PDA'. EMI. 2003.
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Tracks 3 through 6 are live tracks recorded for a French radio program called "Black". For those that have seen Interpol in concert, you know that the live tracks are pretty similar to the studio tracks, and this is the case here as well. "Obstacle 1" remains the band's best track, but "PDA" and album closer "Leif Ericson" are quite good as well. The real treat of this EP is the inclusion of "Specialist", which is as moody and entrancing as any of the album's tracks but does not appear on the album. It makes this single worth buying in and of itself.
While Interpol is about to start working on a second album, their label continues to find ways to repackage the limited number of available songs in various configurations. It's not a bad thing, as any new opportunity to give exposure to Interpol is well deserved.
anywho, even though that all the songs have been released elsewhere, this is still a worthy recording. I am especially fond of "Specialist", it is quite stunning. I am also quite fond of this version. I would not purchase this unless you are a reasonalby die hard fan, it costs quite a bit because it is an import, and most non-interpol devotees would be disapointed by the sound quality. But for the true interpolee, this is a fantastic addition to your collection and i strongly recommend settling the black ep on your shelf next to turn on the bright lights.