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  REO SPEEDWAGON
'Live At Moondance Jam'
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: 19th November 2013


Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus



reo speedwagon

What a live bonanza we have here. If you're rather partial to the melodic rock flair that is constantly exhibited within the back catalogue of REO Speedwagon, then this live collection could be something to consider.

The live renditions are faithful to their studio brethren, and all in all the quality has already stood up well as this performance was shown on various outlets earlier in the year. If you witnessed this show on VH1 Classic or Direct TV then hopefully you'll recall the set list which contained such staples as 'Can't Fight This Feeling', 'Take It On The Run' and 'Keep On Loving You'.

For those of you that are die-hard fans, this live affair is notable for including the first ever live version of the song 'In Your Letter' which originally appeared on the mighty fine 1980 studio album 'Hi-Infidelity'. Apart from that, it's a selection that also incorporates fan-favourite 'Golden Country' (originally found on their second studio album released back in 1972) and a larger-than-life version of 'Back On The Road Again' that first appeared on their 1979 studio album 'Nine Lives'.

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To break down their song choices that made it to this veritable feast of classic parping, the earliest one is from their 1971 debut album, '157 Riverside Avenue', with the latest choice from their back catalogue being the radio-friendly 'Can't Fight This Feeling'.

They opted to avoid any of their material after 'Wheels Are Turnin'', but they thankfully avoided repeating what was already made available in 1977 when they released their live album 'Live: You Get What You Play For'.

Although this review is all about the audio version of the concert, don't be fooled in to thinking that it's not available on other formats. It is also ready to view as a DVD or Blu-ray if you so prefer.

The musicianship is great and the songs really have a fresh feel which is the proverbial cherry on the top. 'Like You Do', 'Keep Pushin'' and 'Don't Let Him Go' provide highlights for my ears during this live recording and have sufficient zest about them to keep the listening experience interesting.

The songs don't really translate too radically from what you know and love regarding the studio versions and as with all live albums, they're really an important addition to the true fan whilst providing the casual interested party with a new angle on a familiar song. The quality is good; the performances do the job; what more can you say?

To summarise, this is an album for the real fan of REO Speedwagon who are tired of listening to their copy of 'Live: You Get What You Play For'. But folk like me who were hoping for some newer tracks to make it and even a rendition of 'Only The Strong Survive' (a personal fave), might feel let down a little despite those points about performance and quality made earlier. I suppose that's another inevitable aspect regarding live albums; you can't please everyone all of the time.

1. Don't Let Him Go
2. Keep On Loving You
3. In Your Letter
4. Take It On The Run
5. Keep On Pushin'
6. Golden Country
7. Can't Fight This Feeling
8. Like You Do
9. Time For Me To Fly
10. Back On The Road Again
11. Roll With The Changes
12. Ridin' The Storm Out
13. 157 Riverside Avenue

Neal Doughty – keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer
Kevin Cronin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards
Bruce Hall – bass guitar, vocals
Dave Amato – lead guitar, vocals
Bryan Hitt – drums, percussion


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7.12.13







NOW AEROSMITH FANS CAN HAVE THEIR NAME IN FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

aerosmith

Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.

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As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:



Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.







 


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