I think we play better now. In retrospects, I don't think it's a very good sounding album. There are some things I like, but on the whole I don't think it truly represents the depth that was there.
I think Live killers was a kind of evidence of what we were doing live late in the seventies. In some way, I’m unsatisfied. We had to work hard in every concert and there were serious sound problems. There were concerts that we had sounded great but then when we listened to the tapes they sounded awful. We recorded ten or fifteen shows, but we could only use three or four of them to work on. Anyway, live albums never sound good because there are noises and shouts that affect it. As it shows, Live killers isn’t my favorite album…
We might have been too honest because we didn’t do any overdubbing. The only patching up we did was to use different parts of different nights when We’d had problems. So it comes from about sixteen nights but the sound, in retrospect, is a bit too live and a bit too rough. It’s not so much the mistakes I mind it’s just the overall fuzziness of it and most of the live albums I enjoy listening to, I found out subsequently, were actually overdubbed quite a lot. So I think it might have been a good idea to go in and work on it so that it sounded better. It’s a hard decision to make, you know, because when you put it out you want to be able to say that it is live and this one was pretty much how you heard it on the night.
We recorded the live album actually in Europe. We did a very long tour of Europe earlier this year and we just recorded every night, took along a mobile truck and at the end we listened to cassettes of every night and went to Switzerland and mixed it. One of the things we tried to do with the live album, we did try to make it a genuine live album, with a concert atmosphere, and I don't, I don't think there's really any other way of doing it.