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

Live At The Whiskey-A-Go-Go: Misfits

Rating: 85%

th.jpgReleased more or less as a bootleg in 1982, this Misfits live album is another look into the last moments of the Glenn Danzig era. To me, it’s important piece of Danzig and Misfits history. The band sounds pretty good, with lots of energy, and the audience itself seems to be having fun.

The sound is very raw and intense, with Glenn’s vocals thrown forward of the music. The music itself is on steroids for as fast as they are playing with lots of feedback. It’s heavy! For me, I am hearing the Misfits for who they really were. Henry Rollins of Black Flag appears on the song Bullet.

Track listing:

  1. Halloween
  2. I Turned Into a Martian
  3. Horror Business
  4. Mommy, Can I go out and Kill Tonight
  5. We bite
  6. London Dungeon
  7. All Hell
  8. Halloween
  9. Skulls
  10. We are 138
  11. Astro Zombies
  12. Brain Eaters
  13. Bullet

At Fillmore East: The Allman Brothers

Rating: 100%

AllmanBrothersBandAtFillmoreEastI was sadden by the passing of Greg Allman which happened on May 27 of this year. I have been a fan ever since the mid 1980’s. Their music style has changed so much over their career, but I have often called them one of the best Blues Rock band out there who mixes their style with country, jazz, and rock.

In fact, “At Fillmore East” was one of those records that I wore out. I had the cassette and CD versions of the album. The Cd has lots more on it that the actual LP version. But, since I am listening to the vinyl version, that is one I am rating. The recording is very good. The sound is clear. It’s rich, it’s full, and it sounds very good.

The musicianship is outstanding.  I love how the band members improvise their instrumentation to take a five minute song and make it into a twenty minute song. That shows talent. Greg Allman’s vocals sound great in his prime. His organ work is just as good. Then you add the duel guitar work of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. WOW!!!! These guys know their way up and down on the neck of the guitars. Then you have the duel action of drums of Jai Johanny Johanson and Butch Trucks which gives the overall sound that fullness. Add the bass by Berry Oakley and you have an amazingly good line up of musicians.

Track listing:

Side one
1. “Statesboro Blues” 4:17
2. “Done Somebody Wrong” 4:33
3. “Stormy Monday” 8:44
Side two
4. “You Don’t Love Me (“Joy to the World” medley in the ending portions)” 19:15
Side three
5. “Hot ‘Lanta” 5:17
6. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” 13:04
Side four
7. “Whipping Post” 23:03

Intensities in 10 Cities: Ted Nugent

Rating: 90%

Intensities_in_10_Cities.jpgSo…1981, saw yet another fantastic live record from the motor city madman Ted Nugent. This record was also ranked No. 9 on the top 10 live records by Guitar World. It’s easy to see why.

Although, this record contain mostly unreleased songs and features a new line up, it’s still a very powerful, high voltage, high energy and raw record. Only Ted can produce a sound like this. It’s beefy, rich, full, and thick. It’s bluesy and it’s hard as hell. Supporting Ted is bassist Dave Kiswiney, drummer Cliff Davies, and guitarist Charlie Huhn.

The intensity of the guitar solos and the hard hitting riffs is what makes this record so good. Ted is creative and is full of talent when he mixes up that Blues, Motown, and Soul into his brand of Hard Rock. His influences are shining through and are strong all over the production of this record.

This album also marks the spiral downward for Ted as he enters the 1980’s when music was changing and Pop was hitting the airwaves. After the release of this record, Ted would have to compete and find new musical directions. This record is another look into the past of Ted Nugent and how great he was and is still slinging that six stringer for more than 50 years. This “Live” record is a must for any guitar player.

Track listing:

Side one
“Put Up or Shut Up” – 3:21
“Spontaneous Combustion” – 3:53
“My Love Is Like a Tire Iron” – 5:48
“Jailbait” – 5:15
“I Am a Predator” – 3:16
Side two
“Heads Will Roll” – 4:07
“The Flying Lip Lock” – 4:07
“Land of a Thousand Dances” – 4:39
“The TNT Overture” – 4:31
“I Take No Prisoners” – 3:30

Mortal Way Of Live: Sodom

Rating: 90%

SodomMortalwayoflive.jpgThis album was my first introduction to the Sodom. Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Roadrunner Records were your source for Heavy Metal. I used to pick up all of these cassette tapes in the $0.99 to $3.99 bin. In 1988, this live album was sticking out and it was only $0.99, so I figured what the hell? When I placed it into my player, I was sold.

The music was so raw and so fast, that my head was spinning trying to keep up with it. It was like a full out assault. This was the type of music I wanted to go to war with. I then took it to school and let my buddies check it out. We always tried to out do one another with extreme music. This album along with D.R.I.’s self titled album, both helped me to win those competitions as far as speed.

The music during this live performance was so fast, raw, and powerful. It’s full of energy. I love how the band sounds. Tom Angelripper’s raspy vocal style is damn evil. His bass has a decent sound to it. It’s distorted and has a fussy sound to it. Almost like Lemmy of Motorhead. Then Frank Blackfire’s guitar is ripping and slicing. He throws out fast riff after riff during the performance. His leads are very explosive. Then you have the hard hitting Chris Witchhunter. His performance is pretty damn good. He sets the fast tempos for the songs and punches that double bass drum like there is no tomorrow. I love hearing these kinds of live performances. You are hearing the band as it really is. This is just another treasure from my past.

Track listing:

1. “Persecution Mania” 4:45
2. “Outbreak of Evil” 3:46
3. “Conqueror” 3:00
4. “Iron Fist” (Motörhead cover) 2:56
5. “Obsessed by Cruelty” 8:54
6. “Nuclear Winter” 5:54
7. “Electrocution” 3:06
8. “Blasphemer” 6:00
9. “Enchanted Land” 4:15
10. “Sodomy & Lust” 5:02
11. “Christ Passion” 6:24
12. “Bombenhagel” 6:40
13. “My Atonement” 5:57
14. “Conjuration” 5:26