01. Last Call 02. I Love It When You Crawl 03. The Sunday Driver 04. Missoula 05. It's My Right To Be An Asshole 06. Empty & Loaded 07. Pigs Never Fly 08. Human Landfill 09. Battle Of The Asses 10. Buy Me A Drink 11. Black Leather Mustache 12. Clinton St. Blues 13. Steel Cage Match 14. Wireless 15. Gutter Queen DVD: 01: Last Call - The Movie 02. Last Call - The Show2006 Translation Loss Records
Cable's impact on the extreme music world has been both undeniable and unique. As key players in the origin of the 90's noisecore sound, Cable is often cited as a major influence on many modern hardcore and metal bands. Yet, unlike many of their contemporaries, Cable never really achieved a significant amount of commercial success or notoriety. So when Cable called it quits in 2005 after eleven or so years in the game, they left a hell of a discography for both old fans to remember, and new fans to discover. Last Call is the band's recent CD/DVD release from Translation Loss, and serves as a comprehensive unreleased/greatest hits/live album. While I rarely get excited about this type of album, the fact that Cable's musical career actually justifies an album of this nature had me looking forward to this release. Last Call is about fifty percent live tracks, with the remainder of the disc being comprised of songs spanning their seven main releases. Those familiar with the band will enjoy the great musical progression shown on this disc, as Cable's development from noisecore into southern-metal influenced hard rock is quite evident. The DVD is also incredibly entertaining as it takes a PBS-esque approach to summarizing the influence of Cable on the east coast underground music scene of the 90's. The only real flaw with Last Call is that it is a bit lacking in the re-playability department. The live tracks are great, and the unreleased material (including the newly recorded title track) is a definite attraction, but in general, greatest hits albums never really manage to secure a spot in my listening rotation. I'm sure many Cable fans will love the live songs and the DVD, but after a few listens will find themselves doing exactly what this album prompted me to do: returning to old Cable albums with a new found excitement. Bottom Line: This album probably isn't a must have for Cable fans, although I'm sure many are intrigued by the live tracks and the DVD. If you've never been exposed to Cable, Last Call might not be the best place to start off either. I'd recommend hunting down a copy of Gutter Queen for a proper introduction to the band, and then subsequently tracking down all of their other releases after you've realized what a gold mine you've stumbled upon. And although Last Call won't be your album of the year, it's a good final chapter in such an important band's career.