Clean Your Clock
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Clean Your Clock (Live In Munich 2015) [Explicit]
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Motörhead To Release their latest offering “Clean Your Clock” on May 27th They were the Kings of the Road. They lived on it. They loved it. It loved them. And never was the spirit of Motörhead more alive than when they were on tour, shake, rattle and rolling audiences to within an inch of their lives thanks to that indomitable cocktail of power, purpose and head-crunching volume. Yeah. In fact, after four decades of bone-pulverizing duty, Motörhead were still enjoying sold-out gigs worldwide. On November 20th and 21st 2015, at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR Records made the decision to record. Consulting with the band’s longtime studio producer Cameron Webb to make sure the technical specs were as good as they could be, Motörhead proceeded to deliver two storming shows. Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there was measured yet still thunderous rock’n’roll served up only as they could, Phil Campbell playing better than he had in years, and Mikkey Dee elevating the art of drumming to the superlative heights which made him one of metal’s most coveted skinsmen. Lemmy. Oh he sounds so dialed in, a little mean even (in the best possible way) snarling here and there, cackling when appropriate, and singing in a way which will defy every single pre-conceived expectation you might have had. Yes, he was fighting ailments. Yes he was fighting the sadness of losing Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor. But no, he was not flimsy or faded, in fact on Clean Your Clock he lays down the marker for all near-70 year olds in terms of wicked bad-assery. Those first strains of the mighty “Bomber” are like a salve to all heavy metal souls, the reverberant classic forcing you to turn it up, Lemmy snarling and roaring like a man in his 20s, “Metropolis” grooving like the day it was written, and “Overkill” as mighty a pulverizer as ever…look, here is the unavoidable truth. There will be no more Motörhead tours because Lemmy is no longer here, and many, many people did not get a chance to hear them one more time on what proved to be their last-ever piece of road work. Which makes Clean Your Clock a vitally important release. It is both a celebration and an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy. It had to sound right, as with all Motörhead releases, but this one was arguably more important than any of the others. Webb has done the show, and the band, proud by helping make sure the power of the band is not lost in some digital sinkhole, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead’s unique live sound. Clean Your Clock is the natural sound of one of rock’n’roll’s mightiest, rarest and most astoundingly excellent beasts – Motörhead. There isn’t a plaudit they haven’t received and there isn’t a plaudit they don’t deserve. And if there had to be a ‘final’ Motörhead album, perhaps it is fitting that Clean Your Clock, a superb live encapsulation of the band at home, is the one. So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, the only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loud...
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This is a necessary document for any Motorhead or metal fan.
I've read reviews stating the obvious: It's still Motorhead but Lemmy does seem to struggle here and there
What can you say? The man wasn't exactly in his 30s when he recorded the last several albums, which I think is what gives them their own charm. While Motorhead's evolution over the years mainly stems from lineup changes Lem's vocals changed to accommodate the newer sounds. This is particularly evident with songs like "Whorehouse Blues" and "When the Sky Comes Looking for You".
I went into this starting with just listening to the tracks, saving the videos for later. You may initially think the wind has been knocked out of Lemmy's sails during the opener but as the album goes on you begin to notice him catching his second/third/fourth wind and still managing to deliver what the audience those nights paid to see: a classic Motorhead concert.
The album delivers a solid track list, although I might be biased as I'm quite partial to the non-title tracks from Overkill/AoS, but it was nice to hear early Phil Campbell songs (call "Rock It" a guilty pleasure; Lem even quips he knows we didn't buy the album back then). Speaking of Phil, both he and Mikkey were on top of their game and delivered. Between them and the Road Crew they knew exactly how to keep the Motorhead-sound coming on strong and this is no different.
Following through with their usual standard, the closing "Overkill" makes your stomp your feet along to Lem's bass line and Mikkey's double bass, knowing this is the last song on the record. This song played live has always given me goosebumps and very few songs hold that distinction.
Sure, it's not No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith or The Birthday Party or Everything Louder than Everything Else but you know that and you know those other recordings are out there and just as good as they ever were. You can choose to be critical of this album and what it delivers, and that's one of the purpose for reviews.
But why be critical when you can crank your stereo and play Motorhead? LOUD, in honor of a Rock God.
But if you are a Motorhead fan, buy this record. And think about how Lemmy came full circle. From being a Hendrix roadie, to being kicked out of Hawkwind, to spending his final 40 years in Motorhead, to busting his butt -- for us, the fans -- while suffering from a horrible disease from which he would die in a month.
Yep, the disease ravaged his stamina and his vocals. His playing is sloppy and the arrangements are watered-down. And the band doesn't sound nearly as good as on its other live CDs over the past 25 years or so. But I love it. And other Motorhead fans love it.
Phillip is Phillip, still horribly underrated. Mickey Dee remains the best drummer in the world, and -- and this is Motorhead. Still better than virtually anything else out there even when Lemmy is near death.
Do yourself a favor -- get the box set. The record company spent a lot of money and put together an outstanding package.
Lemmy is gone, but his legacy -- and Motorhead music -- remains. Listen up and reminisce.
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I thought it would be OK for the last motorhead album because they are old