Naked City Live, Vol. 1: The Knitting Factory 1989

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Naked City Live, Vol 1, Knitting Factory 1989
Live album by Naked City
Released 2002
Recorded 1989, Knitting Factory, NYC
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Free jazz
Experimental rock
Length 51:57
Label Tzadik TZ 7336
Producer John Zorn
Naked City chronology
Black Box
Naked City Live, Vol 1: The Knitting Factory 1989
Naked City: The Complete Studio Recordings
John Zorn chronology
First Live 1993
Naked City Live, Vol 1: The Knitting Factory 1989

Naked City Live (subtitled Vol. 1: The Knitting Factory 1989) is a live album recorded by Naked City in 1989 and released on John Zorn's Tzadik label in 2002.[1] All of the songs, with the exception of "Erotico", "The Way I Feel" and "Skate Key", were later recorded in the studio for the band's debut album. To date it is the only official live release by the band.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Guy's Music Review 8.5/10 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3½ stars noting that "This wonderfully recorded document from the dawn of the Knitting Factory provides ample evidence that Naked City was even more astonishing live than on their albums... This is not only essential for fans, but proves to be an accessible and wondrous introduction to a truly awesome, if short-lived, band".[2] Guy Peters stated "Convoluted, tortuous, bizarre and demanding, Naked City's music feels like a rollercoaster-ride in an amusement park for perverse minds that are fed-up with Disney, spoon-fed revisions of the same old and other prefab excursions in predictability. It was not only an outlet for Zorn's outrage and frustration - he's often said that the in-your-face-brutality of the band was a way of dealing with certain personal matters and venting anger - but also the postmodern ethic of genre-bending and cut 'n' paste tactics taken to an extreme. It all wouldn't have been half as interesting if the band hadn't been such a gathering of jazz monsters".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Zorn except as indicated.

  1. "Batman" – 2:07
  2. "Latin Quarter" – 4:06
  3. "You Will Be Shot" – 1:24
  4. "Shot in the Dark" (Henry Mancini) – 3:32
  5. "Skate Key" – 1:06
  6. "Erotico" (Ennio Morricone) – 5:24
  7. "Snagglepuss" – 2:09
  8. "I Want to Live" (Johnny Mandel) – 1:58
  9. "New York Flattop Box" – 0:44
  10. "Inside Straight" – 8:13
  11. "Chinatown" (Jerry Goldsmith) – 6:04
  12. "Igneous Ejaculation" – 0:22
  13. "Ujaku" – 0:31
  14. "Blood Duster" – 0:17
  15. "Hammerhead" – 0:12
  16. "Speedball" – 0:44
  17. "Obeah Man" – 0:19
  18. "Den of Sins" – 1:19
  19. "Demon Sanctuary" – 0:56
  20. "The Way I Feel" (John Patton) – 10:37



  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed October 24, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Peters, G. Guy's Music Review, accessed October 24, 2013