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on December 2, 2015
I'm not much of a live album fan overall, but sometimes a truly great one comes along that captures the spirit of a band and is far more a real live album than a phony greatest hits CD that some bands do as contractual obligations. Alongside "The Jimi Hendrix Concerts", a long out of print double album of the master at his best, "Band of Gypsies", the Who's "Live at Leeds", KISS' "Alive!" and the Cheap Trick Budokan CD's, "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith" shows a band at its powerful best, so good it's ridiculous.
Motorhead were at the top of their game with this album, coming off the legendary "Ace of Spades". It features all the Eddie/Philthy/Lemmy standards in fine form. From the opener "Ace of Spades", the band furiously pounds out brutal versions of some of the best rock and roll up until that time for Motorhead. We get pounding renditions of "Overkill", "The Hammer", and many more, including one of my faves, "No Class", which, despite being an obvious ZZTop cop, is as slamming as it gets.
There are more recent Motorhead live CD's too, and some repackaging CD's, including "Bomber" and "Iron Fist" have live extra CD's, but sonically, "No Sleep" is the standard for one of the greatest metal bands in a live setting ever. Live performances are Motorhead's domain, and you can see the crowd responding enthusiastically, frothing at the mouth and probably having the time of their lives. This energy can't be faked in a studio. This is what live rock and roll is all about.
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on April 7, 2001
This album is what Motorhead is all about. None of this wrestling theme song stuff. They let it rip. The first song, "Ace Of Spades," sets things off and the guys don't stop. This is the classic line-up and the classic sound that Motorhead brought to the stage. It is one LOUD album that all speed metal fanatics should not only hear but own. Don't let the imposters fool you. Bands like Metallica, Megadeath and the Misfits owe a great deal to this band. Motorhead kicked the door open for them.
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on June 19, 2000
Motorhead is probably the most under-rated heavy metal band of all time. Even though every metal and hard rock act claim them as an influence, they have a very small but rabid following compared to other bands. In fact it took them years to really catch on in America, (we invented rock n roll anyway didn't we?). But this was the album that opened the doors for them somewhat on this side of the Atlantic. This is their legendary line-up of Lemmy, Eddie, and Philthy. This album is an assualt on the ears. From the opening rip-roaring Ace of Spades, this album is clearly out to kick you in the butt. Motorhead has never worried about fads, trends, or the rest of the whooie that's out there. They are one of those rare bands that sound the same now as they did when they started. And with a road record like Motorhead's, that's a feat in itself. No glam, no acting, and no special effects. Just Lemmy, his boys, and a wall of Marshalls. So c'mon and buy the album, chew on some loose gravel and join the road crew!
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on November 24, 2003
Simply put, this is the classic speed metal live album ever! The 3 man line up of Ian "Lemmy a fiver" Kilmister, "Fast Eddie" Clark & Phil"thy" "Animal" Taylor deliver the goods from the opening note. Motorhead rips through its set starting off with Ace of spades, played even faster than the studio version. Lemmy's gravelly voice & dirty bass sound never let down with Clark's riffs & Taylor's speedy drumming as they continue through "Stay clean", "metropolis", "the hammer", all the way thru to closing the set with a version of "Train kept a' rollin'" that'll have you headbanging forever! Buy this album.
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on February 16, 2000
It cannot get anymore brutal than this. No Sleep smells madness, amphetamines and bestiality. Where most of the heavy metal bands are just cartoons, Motorhead is the real thing. Check out Bomber and Motorhead the two final tracks, nothing so loud has ever been recorded since or will be. This record is absolutely scary. Hail !
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on June 29, 2000
This is probably the best live performance that I have ever heard, maybe one of the best metal preformances ever. This is why Motorhead is considered the godfathers of heavy metal! Intense, blistering, fast, and hard, you've never heard anything like this before!
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on January 19, 2014
The original band of rock n roll punk metal live in concert!
If you don't have this you probably don't have a Ramones
album either and you know nothing about rock and roll!
No real rock fan should be without this album or Ramones!
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on February 3, 2000
When I first heard this 20 years ago,I couldnt believe my ears, blistering, sincere, rock & roll. My copy is going to the grave with me. "No sleep `till Hammersmith" is the definitive live rock & roll vehicle. Unmatched energy.
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on February 8, 2013
Manic and brutal start to finish, what hard rock/metal should be...how about the fact that the lst 2 songs are as good or better than a killer version of Ace of Spades?
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on September 4, 2014
Great album ,raw live to your face .for the last couple month i have been getting motorhead cds because the raw, rough and tough sound.
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