“I always saw it as a record for people on oil rigs or Arctic stations.”
Even the exclamation mark is annoying.
Could you live without the last eight songs (save the school-choir retooling of “Career Opportunites”)? Yes, but once you’ve lived with Sandinista! for any length of time, particularly Columbia Legacy’s newly remastered version (with full libretto restored), you realize that would be as futile as cutting an hour out of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War masterpiece; it’s glorious in part because it’s a sprawling mess, not in spite of it.
Hernandez leans heavily on Westway to the World interviews for the band’s take on the album. That movie is hard to watch because Topper was still using and looks it.
In case that was your last sight of him, he’s doing much better now, as can be seen below: