Placebo – 1973. 1973 Belgium

Placebo – 1973. 1973 CBS (Netherlands)

CD reissue: 2011 P-Vine (Japan mini-LP)

Packaging details: From a packaging perspective, I can pretty much say exactly what I did yesterday which is: Original LPs are off the charts expensive, and I personally wasn't aware of Placebo until the last 6 years or so. After obtaining CD-R copies and pleading for a reissue on the CDRWL, we were all rewarded last year with fully authorized Japanese mini-LPs from P-Vine. "1973" in particular benefits from the format, given that the original features a cool gatefold cover. There are unauthorized LP versions floating about, so watch out!

Notes: The "1973" album continues in the same vein as "Ball of Eyes", though it's definitely more funky and head boppin' than the debut. And the real ear grabber is the superb Moog soloing by Marc Moulin. Strangely, the album finishes in a completely different direction. The next to last track is more towards straight jazz and the closer has more in common with Electronik Musik, than anything one would associate with Placebo. I thought the sophomore effort surpassed the debut, and from what I could tell, many considered it their best. However, my vote goes to the 3rd and last album. To be continued...

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