No Way Out But Forward Go!

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No Way Out But Forward Go!
Live album by Killing Joke
Released May 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)
Recorded Lorelei Festival, St. Goarshausen, Germany, August 17, 1985 (1985-08-17) (tracks 1-15);
German TV "Full House", 1986 (1986) (tracks 15-16)
Genre Post-punk
Length 68:30
Label Pilot
Killing Joke live albums chronology
BBC in Concert
(1995)
No Way Out But Forward Go!
(2001)
XXV Gathering: Let Us Prey
(2005)
Love Like Blood
2002 issue on the Brilliant label
2008 issue on Candlelight Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

No Way Out But Forward Go! is a live album by English post-punk group Killing Joke, released in 2001. The release was on 2 CDs, one being a normal audio CD, the other a CD-ROM with videos of all tracks. It was reissued as Love Like Blood in 2002, without the accompanying videos, by Digimode Entertainment on their Brilliant (budget line) series. A remastered version, also called Love Like Blood, was released in 2008 on Candlelight Records, again without videos and with a slightly altered track listing: instead of 2 1986 tracks, 2 tracks recorded live in London in 1985 were added.

The 2001 release was also available on double LP, and came of course without any video.

Reactions[edit]

Jim Harper of Allmusic felt the album was "hardly a worthy substitute for a studio album, but it does showcase Killing Joke at their finest." Harper criticized the production, saying that "most of the show sounds as if it's been recorded in a rehearsal room, since the audience appears to be almost entirely lifeless", but added that "the band members give it their best effort, however, and throw themselves into the performance wholeheartedly."[2] John Chedsey of Satan Stole My Teddybear said, "No Way Out But Forward Go! is the type of live release that smacks of uselessness to me and furthers the great debate against live concert packages as well. One would think that a live release would include just a tad more audience interaction, but they're all but inaudible in the mix, making the music sound more like a sterilized, slimmed down version of their studio counterparts. Moreover, the performance by the band is adequate but hardly inspiring." [3]

Drummer Paul Ferguson said in 2004: "Well, it was a fantastic day. We had a hoot. The Chili Peppers, Parliament, the Blasters. They were friends of ours. So, the hotel after the show was absolutely a riot...And it was a beautiful place, overlooking the banks of the Rhine. But Killing Joke on at three in the afternoon? Excuse me, but that does not work. And it wasn’t a great show. We were just there and doing it. And unfortunately, the guy that released it, released it purely because it was the only material that he could get his hands on. That’s unfortunately what’s happening now, because there wasn’t a lot of material and now people are just trying to make a buck here and there.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original 2001/2002 issues:

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 8, 10-13 and 15 written by Coleman/Walker/Martin Glover/Ferguson. Tracks 2, 5-7, 9, 14, 16 and 17 written by Coleman/Walker/Raven/Ferguson.

  1. "The Hum" – 4:46
  2. "Darkness Before Dawn" – 4:53
  3. "Requiem" – 3:07
  4. "Empire Song" – 2:31
  5. "Tabazan" – 4:28
  6. "Night Time" – 4:51
  7. "Kings & Queens" – 4:19
  8. "The Good Samaritan" – 2:28
  9. "Love Like Blood" – 4:21
  10. "Bloodsport" – 3:23
  11. "Complications" – 3:10
  12. "The Wait" – 3:39
  13. "Pssyche" – 5:10
  14. "Eighties" – 3:34
  15. "Wardance" – 3:56
  16. "Chessboards" – 5:25
  17. "Adorations" – 4:18

Note that the track listing on the CD incorrectly swaps "Chessboards" with "Adorations".

2008 remastered issue:

Track 16 written by Coleman/Walker/Martin Glover/Ferguson.

  1. "The Hum" – 4:46
  2. "Darkness Before Dawn" – 4:53
  3. "Requiem" – 3:07
  4. "Empire Song" – 2:31
  5. "Tabazan" – 4:28
  6. "Night Time" – 4:51
  7. "Kings & Queens" – 4:19
  8. "The Good Samaritan" – 2:28
  9. "Love Like Blood" – 4:21
  10. "Bloodsport" – 3:23
  11. "Complications" – 3:10
  12. "The Wait" – 3:39
  13. "Pssyche" – 5:10
  14. "Eighties" – 3:34
  15. "Wardance" – 3:56
  16. "Tension"
  17. "Kings & Queens"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Review Jim Harper, Allmusic
  3. ^ Review John Chedsey, Satan Stole My Teddybear, 12/2002
  4. ^ "Paul Ferguson Interview". Retrieved 4 December 2008.