- Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sanctuary Records
- ASIN: B00006JJ1Y
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The packaging is very attractive, some slick art work and there are some great photos of the band included in the liner notes. The big drawback and - for me a longterm gripe with BOC - is the lack of any written information on the album or the band. This is the first live album in 20 years for pete's sake and with the new line up including Miranda on bass and Rondinelli on drums. Where's the harm in putting a little commentary on?
On first listen I can report it has a great live feel. All the old favourites are there - to be honest I could have done without yet another version of Reaper, Godzilla, Burnin' and Buck's Boogie but they are the band's trademarks and they had to be included. To be fair these are particularly good renditions of all four numbers and showcase the relative talents of all the band members admirably including the newbies who cope very well with the old material but I can't help feeling the performances are TOO polished. They play these songs at every show and along the way they appear to have lost their spontaneity and enthusiasm for them. Dare I say they sound a little jaded: "ho hum here we go with Reaper - again."
They also include Astronomy as a bonus number not to be included on the soon to be released DVD of this performance. Well I hate to say it but this is one decision that I find difficult to understand. Eric Bloom's voice is no longer up to the Astronomy challenge that much is apparent even though he does a remarkable job on most of his other tracks.Read more ›
Regarding the "rent-a-rhythm-section": Instrumentally, the new drummer and bassist are excellent! Bobby Rondinelli is one of the best rock drummers in the world, and manages to keep things interesting throughout the album. The main difference between Bobby and original drummer Al Bouchard is that Bobby is less jazz influenced. Expect some serious hard-rock drumming! New bassist Danny Miranda (hardly "new" after several years in the band),puts his own creative touch on the bass lines, wandering off into new and slightly different territory instead of sticking strictly to Joe Bouchard's original bass lines. As I said, instrumentally speaking, the new rhythm section rocks! The Bouchard's are still, and will always be missed in the background/harmony vocals department though. The background/harmony vocals are good but not great on this album.
Regarding Eric Bloom's vocals and "Astronomy": E.B.'s lead vocals still sound great. He may have lost a bit of his high register, and the grittiest end of his growl, but his sneering biker-turned-spaceman vocals still retain all the vigor and attitude that are Bloom's trademarks. There is usually a high-note at the end of Astronomy that Bloom doesn't try for on this album, but it hardly effects the impact of the song. To the contrary, this version of Astronomy contains an extended guitar solo by Buck that is one of the finest and most exciting I've ever heard.
And now on to my few gripes: If you buy this album, expect to hear lots of lead vocals, lead guitar, and drums, but don't expect to have the rhythm guitar or bass jump out at you.Read more ›
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Fantastic Music. BOC "Buck" Outstanding guitar Master. Great experience with seller. Everything came right on time.Published 10 months ago by Geffrey McQueen
As I write this, I am listening/watching the DVD of this concert. Let's get the less than great stuff out of the way first. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by djtal
B.O.C. NEVER QUITS. I WAS OF THE MINORITY THAT BELIEVED THAT THEIR LIVE C.D.s WERE LACKING SOMEWHAT ( WITH THE NOTABLE EXEPTION OF "ON YOUR FEET OR ON YOUR KNEES"). Read morePublished on April 6, 2004 by Steven B. Mccrary
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I enjoy music. I love music. And while I am not a diehard BOC fan, this recording is absolutely horrid. Read morePublished on August 1, 2003 by Kevin
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