Special Moves

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Special Moves
Special Moves (Front Cover).jpg
Live album by Mogwai
Released 23 August 2010
Recorded The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Genre Post-rock
Length 74:42
Label Rock Action
Producer John Cummings
Mogwai chronology
The Hawk Is Howling
Special Moves
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Special Moves is a live album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, released on 23 August 2010 through Rock Action Records. Some of the formats in which the album was sold included a live performance documentary entitled Burning, recorded at the same live shows.


The album was recorded at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York over three performances from April 27–29, 2009.

Formats available[edit]

The basic format for the album is a CD/Double-LP containing 11 tracks. The album is also available as a limited edition triple vinyl LP box set containing an additional six tracks. For a limited period only, those buying the CD/Double-LP version directly from the Mogwai online store, received a code to use to download the additional six tracks in MP3 format. The extended CD/DVD set also includes the Burning DVD, as does the box set.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[3]

Reception was generally positive, with particular praise for the Burning video. Noel Gardner of the BBC said the album had "the ability to make you jump out of your skin"[4] whilst Mojo said the album was "a fittingly monolithic monument to (the band's) work to date".[5] Review aggregator website AnyDecentMusic? correlated 11 reviews resulting in an ADM Rating of 7.9.[6]

Personnel and credits[edit]



  • Live sound engineer: Stephen Wright

CD/LP Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Mogwai.

  1. "I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead"
  2. "Friend of the Night"
  3. "Hunted By a Freak"
  4. "Mogwai Fear Satan"
  5. "Cody"
  6. "You Don't Know Jesus"
  7. "I Know You Are But What Am I"
  8. "I Love You, I'm Going to Blow Up Your School"
  9. "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong"
  10. "Like Herod"
  11. "Glasgow Megasnake"
    additional tracks on extended LP version and available through download
  12. "Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home"
  13. "Scotland's Shame"
  14. "New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1"
  15. "Batcat"
  16. "Thank You Space Expert"
  17. "The Precipice"

Burning live DVD track listing[edit]

  1. "The Precipice"
  2. "I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead"
  3. "Hunted By A Freak"
  4. "Like Herod"
  5. "New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1"
  6. "Mogwai Fear Satan"
  7. "Scotland's Shame"
  8. "Batcat"


  1. ^ Special Moves tracklist Mogwai, retrieved on 23 August 2010
  2. ^ "Special Moves/Burning by Mogwai". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Rock Sound review
  4. ^ Special Moves/Burning review BBC, retrieved on 23 August 2010
  5. ^ Mojo magazine, July 2010, page 13
  6. ^ Special Moves review Any Decent Music, retrieved on 19 February 2012