I listened to a couple of live albums this week too but I want to save reviewing them for my live album series.
Magnum – The Gathering (Disc 3) This is from the excellent Magnum box set that came out a few years back. I listen to this disc the most because it has the track Vigilante early on and that always gets me going! Magnum are a real class act. Just straight up delivery of excellent songs. I love them more with every passing year so, at this rate, my retirement home will probably be rocking out to Magnum every single night.
David Coverdale – The Last Note of Freedom (7” Single) I’ve just totally fallen in love with this song by the way. I posted about it here in case you missed it.
Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas – Not 4 Sale Sammy sings “All the money in the world couldn’t change my life”. Given that he is currently worth about $120 million this may well be the case. There are only so many train-sets and radio controlled airplanes you can buy before despair sets in.
Death – Spiritual Healing Another superb Relapse reissue from the pioneering career of the late Chuck Schuldiner. These have probably been my favourite reissues of recent years. Keep them coming.
Holocaust – The Nightcomers and Live (Hot Curry and Wine) Fine Scottish NWOBHMers. Just to try to dispel some confusion… the live version of The Small Hours that is on Live (Hot Curry and Wine) IS the version Metallica would have heard and covered on their $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited. I’ve read many reviews of Holocaust where people lament the consistent inclusion of the live version on compilations etc… When Metallica heard this song there WAS no studio version. In other news, both of these albums are great!
Rod Stewart – Storyteller (Disc 3) There’s been a lot of Rod-related activity going on at HMO Mission Control. On the third disc of this box-set we start to make the transition into the cheese years. But it’s all great and you’ve got to love Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Ian Hunter – Welcome to the Club This album never seems too far away from my stereo or iPod recently. And for good reason. Another tip: if you’re interested in this one, buy the 4CD From the Knees of my Heart: The Chrysalis Years (1979-1981) as it sounds great and is fantastic value for 4 discs.
Massacre – From Beyond Massacre were formed primarily by ex-Death/Mantas members Rick Rozz, Kam Lee and Terry Butler. This is an unholy stench of putrid DM from Satan’s bowels! EVAOverload was not amused.
Satyricon – Now, Diabolical An odd example of a Black Metal band sounding like they’re having a great time. Some infectious grooves and hypnotic riff repetition bolstered with excellent use of trumpets! The world of Black Metal does throw up a lot of hugely creative and progressive music. It must be frustrating to be a purist. If you’re interested in this, buy the US edition. It has an extra track called Storm (The Destroyer).
SONG OF THE WEEK Purely because you’ll be wanting to know what the HMO Retirement Home is going to sound like… here’s Magnum’s Vigilante.
[Magnum – Vigilante]