Sonic Youth Share ‘Hold That Tiger’ Live Album On Bandcamp

The new archival release is a tempo and pitch-corrected version of the ‘Sister’-era 1987 recording.

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Sonic Youth are continuing their on-going dig through the archives, sharing an updated version of their 1991 bootleg ‘Hold That Tiger’ to their Bandcamp page.

As the band’s Steve Shelley explains in the album’s description, ‘Hold That Tiger’ was recorded back in 1987. It was released as a semi-official bootleg LP in 1991.

“The recording was nearly 60-minutes in length, so to prevent manufacturing a cost-prohibitive double LP, the master was slightly sped-up to fit the entire concert… on one single LP,” Shelley wrote.

The bootleg was remastered for CD reissue in 1998. However, while the audio quality was improved, the tempo and pitch were not corrected – until now. Pitch-corrected by the band’s Lee Ranaldo, ‘Hold That Tiger’ is now available through Sonic Youth’s Bandcamp page.

“We are pleased to make available the best-sounding version of Hold That Tiger via the Sonic Youth Archive on Bandcamp.”

‘Hold That Tiger’ sees the experimental alt-rock legends performing at Cabaret Metro in Chicago, Illinois back in October 1987, a few months after the release of fourth album ‘Sister’. The setlist includes an assortment of Sister and EVOL tracks, along with multiple Ramones covers.

Sonic Youth have been sharing a wide array of live recordings to their Bandcamp page of late. In March, the band uploaded 12 archival sets to the platform.

Earlier this month they release a set entitled ‘Blastic Scene’, recorded at a live show in Lisbon in 1993. The recording was initially in circulation an authorised bootleg in 1995. However, just 1,300 copies were pressed, and the album was only ever available in Portugal.

“We recorded every night pretty much,” drummer Steve Shelley said of their archival releases in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“So there is tons of stuff in the archive, and we’re all self-quarantined right now, so it’s a good time to go through it.”

Most recently, the band also shared a recording of their 2000 set at the inaugural All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.

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