Album News — April 1, 2013 at 7:00 am

Devo to release ‘New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle’ on CD with 2 bonus tracks


On Record Store Day last year, Devo released a 2LP vinyl live set culled from a cassette recording made of the band’s Seattle stop on its 1981 tour in support of New Traditionlalists. Come next month, fans not into that whole vinyl thing will be able hear it, too, as the band releases the concert on CD — with two bonus tracks.

Devo announced today that New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle will be released in digipack CD on May 14, with the two as-yet-unannounced bonus tracks and a booklet “featuring rare 1981/82 tour photos.”

According to the band:

“A rare recording of DEVO live in concert during their 1981 New Traditionalists tour, extracted from DEVO’s archives. This CD was cut from a cassette recording of DEVO’s show in Seattle, WA show in November ‘81. DEVO archivist Michael Pilmer (aka Devo-Obsesso), found the tape in a shoebox full of cassettes in Bob No 2’s home fifteen years ago, which he immediately transferred it to DAT. Afterward it promptly disappeared in the flotsam of DEVO history. Here resurrected it stands as a testament to Prince’s claim ‘DEVO, you guys are crazy!’ Yes, crazy tight and relentless like Caucasian James Browns on marching powder.”

The disc will be on sale next month at





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