The Plimsouls – Beach Town Confidential (Alive Records)

This is the second archival live Plimsouls set from Alive Records, following 2010’s Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal. If you think two live albums from the same band is redundant, rest assured both are worth owning, with just five songs in common. Beach Town Confidential has the better sound of the two, with a thick and meaty bottom- end that might make you forget it’s a live recording. It comes from a 1983 date in Huntington Beach’s Golden Bear club, showing just how good the band were at working crowds into a frenzy with their hard-driving rock’n’roll. They play their big hit “A Million Miles Away”, which is a great song, but I’m just as enthralled with “Who’s Gonna Break The Ice?”, which sounds like Cheap Trick trading in stadiums for small clubs, and thumping covers of The Creation’s “Making Time” and The Everly’s “Price Of Love”. This is fun, catchy, music, made with classic pop song-craft and live-wire energy. Perhaps the best compliment I can give Beach Town Confidential is that it makes me wish I was there, beer in hand, to see it in person.


01 – Introduction

02 – Shaky City

03 – Makin’ Time

04 – Zero Hour

05 – Hobo

06 – Who’s Gonna Break The Ice

07 – Fall On You

08 – Oldest Story In The World

09 – Magic Touch

10 – A Million Miles Away

11 – Jump, Jive And Harmonize

12 – Jumpin’ In The Night

13 – Now

14 – How Long Will It Take

15 – In This Town

16 – Price Of Love

17 – You Can’t Judge A Book

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