Live In Los Angeles: Trouble

Rating: 75%

R-3701505-1399668135-8102.jpegRecorded in 2008 an almost 13 year hiatus, Live In Los Angeles was released by Doom Metal rockers Trouble. Now, they did do some minor touring here and there for gigs until Wagner left with the new album in 2007 “Simple Mind Condition.” With new vocalist Kory Clarke replacing Eric Wagner, the band got moving again for a new tour. So, no comparison when it comes to the vocals. Wagner just had that voice for this band. Clarke’s vocals are just way to raspy and gritty for the overall classic sound.

Musicianship is pretty good. It’s good to hear these guys live as I have not heard anything of them since 1995. So, when I saw this album on vinyl, I could not pass it up. Not for $8.00 anyway. So, Clarke’s vocal work moves the band forward. He has some bog shoes to fill in which for the tour, he did alright. He just ins’s Eric Wagner. The bass work by Chuck Robinson is very clean. The riffs, scales, and leads conducted by Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell are pretty good. They done a hell of a good job at harmonizing the fill in solos as well as keeping rhythm with tempo. Drummer Jeff Olson throws out some nice tempos and rhythms. 

The overall sound of the music is a tad bit gritty and not as clear as it could be. That might also contribute to my bias feelings toward Clarke. The sound again, is a bit weak.  It’s got great riffs and great leads. Either way, it’s one of those things where you take it or leave it. And for me, I would take it, just because of the fact, that I haven’t heard much from this band during the last decade.

Track listing:

A1 Intro 2:37
A2 RIP 4:37
A3 The Sleeper 3:21
A4 Touch The Sky 3:29
A5 Plastic Greenhead 3:50
A6 The Eye 4:49
B1 Simple Mind Condition 3:58
B2 Mr. White 3:36
B3 End Time 6:05
B4 Trouble Maker 4:05
B5 End Of My Daze 5:00

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Mutha Live! Black Oak Arkansas

Rating: 90%

R-380941-1297103126.jpeg.jpgIn 1976, Black Oak Arkansas released Mutha Live! It was recorded on Mother’s Day on 1975. This performance starts off with the bands most popular hit “Jim Dandy.” It also has a small collection of their other well known songs such as “Hot And Nasty.” 

For a live album, this is a really good performance on behalf of the band. The sound of the music is rich, rhythmic, and full. It’s always good to hear what a band sounds like once they are live. Some sound great, others not so great and B.O.A. sounds better to me, live than in the studio. 

With regards to the band, they sound solid and they are engaging with the audienceTommy Aldridge on the drums is throwing out some steady tempos. Thundering along on bass is Pat Daugherty and he is clearly heard and is not overshadowed by the guitars. Jimmy Henderson, Stan Knight, and Ricky Reynolds on guitars is what gives this band that full and rich sound. It’s heavy and distorted, but doesn’t take away any of the feel to the music. Then on vocals is the one and only James Mangrum who sounds like he is on top of his game. 

Track listing:

A1 Jim Dandy
A2 Fancy Nancy
A3 Lord Have Mercy On My Soul
A4 Cryin’ Shame
A5 Fever In My Mind
B1 Hey Ya’ll
B2 Rebel
B3 Taxman (George Harrison)
B4 Hot And Nasty

Live At Leeds: The Who

Rating: 100%

The_who_live_at_leedsOne of my favorite guitarists is Pete Townshend. Just something about his style that can’t be matched by no other. One can not compare him to Jimmy Page or Ritchie Blackmore. Because all of them are talented, brilliant, and and can throw down chords like no tomorrow. With that being said, I picked up this live performance by the The Who at R.I.P. Records for $8.00 in almost mint condition.

The overall sound is really amazing. Each instrument sounds great. The music has a lot of rich melody and harmony. The rhythm section is so talented and sounds very heavy at times. Lot’s of great tempos as well. The Who were always ahead of the times when it came to their style as well as their sound.

The musicianship is really good as well. Roger Daltrey has a great voice and is full of energy. He is a good example of what a frontman should be during performances. Pete Townshend again, is fantastic. He knows how to throw those riffs down and his leads are amazing. Bringing in the harmony of the music is bassist John Entwistle. His leads and bass lines are top notch. Throwing down on the skins and keeping tempo is the one and only Keith Moon on drums. 

If you really want to hear how these bands really sound, you got to get their live performances. Those performances showcases the band without dubs and editing. Every song on here showcases how great this band is, including the two covers  “Summertime Blues” and “Shakin’ All Over.”

Side one
1. “Young Man Blues” 4:46
2. “Substitute”  2:10
3. “Summertime Blues”  3:22
4. “Shakin’ All Over”  4:20

Side two
1. “My Generation” 14:45
2. “Magic Bus” 7:57

Time Fades Away : Neil Young

Rating: 90%

TimefadesawayI picked up this forgotten gem at Chuck’s R.I.P. Records for $10.00 damn near mint condition. As we were talking, we both noted that this live album was never released on CD until this year, 2017, but as part of a box set.  This record was released in 1973 with his band the Stray Gators.

Upon listening to this record, it hit me. This is material that I never heard before, even though, I have every CD that Neil Young has released including the Box set of Archives. The sound is fantastic. The style of music, a combination of raw Country and Folk Rock that makes Neil’s Hard Rock sound is amazing. The guitar parts are brilliant. The steel guitar really adds that special touch to the music.  Think about the music of “On the Beach” combined with the Country music side of “American Stars and Bars.”

The musicianship is outstanding. Neil Young is on top of his game. I love the sound of his guitar when he plays music like this. Neil also plays piano on this record. The man knows how to play and write music that he feels. David Crosby and Graham Nash also make an appearance on the record as well. Ben Keith on the pedal and slide guitar really adds that rich Country style sound to the overall music. Other musicians include pianist Jack Nitzsche, drummer Johnny Barbata, and bassist Tim Drummond.

Overall this is a great sounding performance. The material is great all around. I am glad that I happen to find this record in such great shape and add this to my collection.

Track listing:

Side One
1. “Time Fades Away” (recorded at The Myriad in Oklahoma City, March 1, 1973) 5:36
2. “Journey thru the Past” (recorded at the Public Hall in Cleveland, February 11, 1973) 3:19
3. “Yonder Stands the Sinner” (recorded at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, March 17, 1973) 3:17
4. “L.A.” (recorded at The Myriad in Oklahoma City March 1, 1973) 3:11
5. “Love in Mind” (recorded in Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles, January 30, 1971) 1:58

Side Two
1. “Don’t Be Denied” (recorded at The Coliseum in Phoenix, March 28, 1973) 5:16
2. “The Bridge” (recorded at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, April 1, 1973) 3:05
3. “Last Dance” (recorded at the Sports Arena in San Diego, March 29, 1973) 8:47

If You Want Blood: AC/DC

Rating: 90%

Acdc_If_You_Want_Blood_You've_Got_It.JPGRecorded in 1978 during the world tour of “Powerage”, AC/DC released this live album. I manged to pick this gem up on vinyl over at Hanover for under $6.00 near mint.  This record has a lot of power and energy behind it. The raw sound of AC/DC during this concert can be summed up as “sheer raw power.” The entire band sounds great. This live album showcases the best that the band is and greatest was yet to come.

Bon Scott’s whiskey soaked vocals are at his greatest. Musically, the songs are well balanced and engaging. Angus Young on lead guitar is an entertainer. His style of power is just mind blowing. His leads are on top of the world. Malcolm Young on guitar is just as good as his brother, pumping out the grooves. Cliff Williams on bass and drummer Phil Rudd are the backbone of this band on stage.

After listening to this on vinyl, it was like hearing the concert as it was meant to be heard. The sound of the concert is clear with very little background noise. If you’re into early AC/DC, then go out and find this record. It’s awesome!

Track listing:

1. “Riff Raff” 5:59
2. “Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be” 4:10
3. “Bad Boy Boogie” 7:29
4. “The Jack” 5:48
5. “Problem Child” 4:40
Side two
6. “Whole Lotta Rosie”  4:05
7. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” 3:41
8. “High Voltage” 5:05
9. “Let There Be Rock” 8:33
10. “Rocker” 3:24

Double Live Gonzo!: Ted Nugent

Rating: 100%

Double_Live_Gonzo!.jpg“Double Live Gonzo” covers those hits live from Ted Nugent’s first three albums. Recorded in 1977 and released in 1978, the intensity of the raw power is displayed on two records. The sheer power that only Ted Nugent could display made his name an icon in the Hard Rock world.

The sound is amazing on vinyl. This album ranks in my top five live albums that I enjoy to listening too. Musically, this is the high tide or the prime of Ted’s solo career. The rawness of the sound of the guitars, the vocal work, and the thundering bass displays such a energy that is lacking from Hard Rock today. His leads and riffs are monstrous. The interaction with the crowd shows that Ted’s concerts are enjoyable. Ted’s unpredictable behavior on stage really made him a top notch entertainer. His stage banners are proof of that!

As far as the songs, only this live album could capture the true Ted Nugent. It’s like unleashing the beast for it to do whatever it wants to do. Cutting those restraints from the studio and causing chaos. That’s what this live performance is all about. In short, if you like intensity, raw power, energy, and loud electrifying guitars, then this is an album that will blow you away.

Track listing:

Side one
“Just What The Doctor Ordered” 5:26
“Yank Me, Crank Me” 4:28
“Gonzo” 3:59
“Baby Please Don’t Go” 5:58

Side two
“Great White Buffalo” 6:23
“Hibernation” 16:54

Side three
“Stormtroopin'” 8:46
“Stranglehold” 11:14

Side four
“Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” 6:18
“Cat Scratch Fever” 4:49
“Motor City Madhouse” 10:35

The Song Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin

Rating: 90%

Led_Zeppelin_-_The_Song_Remains_the_SameSo, when I was younger I owned the cassettes to this sound track. Now, I own the DVD movie, the original vinyl, and the 2007 remaster CD set with unreleased songs of this concert. I no longer have the cassettes, they were lost many years ago.

Now, I’ve heard from both sides about the content of this live performance. Many people say it’s not their best because of the fact that many of the songs are drawn out. Or, because of the stardom has taken the band over. On the other end, I heard those in favor of this album say it’s one of Zeppelin’s best performances. Either way, this album has pros and cons. Forget about the movie. The movie was OK, but that’s what bands did back then before MTV. They were entertainers first, and not movie directors. Even “Let There Be Rock” by AD/DC has it’s slow parts during the interviews that makes no sense of the actual concert.

What I like about this album is Jimmy Page’s guitar solos and his performance. Forget about the fact that Robert Plant can’t hold a single note on here or keep up with the music. What Jimmy Page showcases is talent that is undeniable. He plays based upon feeling and not by perfection. John Paul Jones on is a talented bassist. His bass is clearly heard all over this performance. Then, you have John Bonham the master of the skins. His performance too is outstanding. It’s amazing to hear how in tuned he, John P. Jones, and Jimmy Page are playing together. This performance is almost a solo album for each of the musicians in so many ways. The improve of each musician is something that most bands can’t do today.

Track listing:

Side one
1. “Rock and Roll” 4:03
2. “Celebration Day” 3:49
3. “The Song Remains the Same” 6:00
4. “The Rain Song” 8:25
Side two
1. “Dazed and Confused” Page 26:53
Side three
1. “No Quarter” 12:30
2. “Stairway to Heaven” 10:58
Side four
1. “Moby Dick” 12:47
2. “Whole Lotta Love” 14:25