Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Look Back; Rock & Pop

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Look Back; Rock & Pop

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

Tue 30 Aug-Wed 5 Oct Various venues www.atpfestival.com/events /index.php?event=18

Wonderful though iTunes is, the music-downloading platform hasn't helped the album format. Musicians are learning that no longer will we tolerate unfunny hiphop 'skits', limp second-half fillers and rubbish hidden bonus tracks - now we can just grab the good stuff and move on. But if the album is acquiring heritage status, here's an idea that will help it to live on.

Remember when we used to listen to songs in the order in which they were intended to be heard? Now a succession of bands are coming to London to present unembellished live versions of their classic long-players.

The Don't Look Back season is organised by the leftfield intellectuals behind the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, so you won't catch Dire Straits reworking Brothers In Arms here. Instead, there's the reunited Dinosaur Jr delivering their proto-grunge noisefest You're Living All Over Me (KOKO, Wed 31 Aug), Seattle's Mudhoney playing their gloriously unhinged Superfuzz Bigmuff (KOKO, Fri 16 & Sat 17 Sep) and post-punks Gang Of Four revisiting their influential 1979 debut Entertainment! …

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