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  • As a long time Foghat fan, I’d intended to give this one a five star review before even listening to it. Heck, I’m thrilled to see the Peverett estate hard at work to shell out some additional goods to the legions of fans out there that’ll never have enough Foghat to last a lifetime. Now, after listening to this double CD for almost a week, I’m not so inclined to give it the glowing review I’d hoped to give it. Still, it deserves alot of recognition. So, here’s a FOUR AND A HALF star review for DECADES LIVE.Let’s start with the good, and there is plenty of it. One: 2 CD’s of previously unheard performances. And you get a great selection of songs, some classics, some classics that have never been released in a live format, some previously unreleased songs, and more! The first CD, and the first two songs on CD 2 is a complete performance from the reunited team of Peverett, Price, Stevens, and Earl. This is another solid set from the band that’d toured tirelessly after the release of their CD RETURN OF THE BOOGIE MEN. It’s a solid set of songs, and even includes Honey Hush, which hadn’t been released live from the reunited group. Very nice. Good versions of Stone Blue, Sweet Home Chicago, and I Just Want To Make Love To You. Dave seems to be losing his voice at the end of the set during Fool For The City, and Slow Ride, but it’s a small distraction to the solid set. Next, we have a few great cuts from various concerts throughout the 70’s and 80’s, where, in my opinion, Foghat was at their strongest. I Ain’t Got You is killer. And then, we have a few cuts from an 80’s set that includes a great version of Chateux Lafitte ‘59 Boogie, and even a cut from Tight Shoes, a real treat for this fan who’d never heard anything live from that album. Maybelline is so fast, it’s amazing that Roger Earl was able to keep up, and the bass work of Craig MacGregor is simply jaw-dropping (who, surprisingly, seems to be missing from the photo montage in the liner notes). All in all, a must have collection for fans.Now, why did I subtract a half star? Well, we have already two separate releases from the reunited band from the same tour: Road Cases (2 versions), and Two Centuries Of Boogie, on DVD. Why release a third set from the same tour, which is nearly identical to the others? This Foghat enthusiast would like to see more classic sets from the 70’s and 80’s, and I’m sure they’re out there. How about a re-issue of Foghat Live with the complete set? Those four songs on Decades Live from the 80’s probably came from a complete show. As a purist, I’d rather hear this complete show. And also, what about some sets from the 82′ Foghat with Eric Cartwright? I remember MTV airing a show from when they toured with Blue Oyster Cult. Wouldn’t mind seeing this again. Or, how about a DVD retrospective, showing concert footage throughout the years, as Zeppelin did. Oh man, wouldn’t this be a treat! Well, I can only hope that Decades Live is the beginning of a series of classic concert releases from Dave and the boys. Bring them on!!!

    Posted on January 19, 2010