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One of the best rock and roll live albums ever
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.