To be brief, this album is amazing. The Rollins band is one of the best live acts out there and this album catches the energy and passion on CD. If you’ve never seen the band live, crank up the headphones, fill your room with the scent of smoke and stale beer (on the floor), turn up the heat, and close your eyes. Its the next best thing to being there.
U.S. CD debut for his 1983 live Capitol LP featuring eight tracks recorded live in 1980, plus a live version from 1977 of ’Someone Out There’ added as a bonus track. Nine tracks total. Tracks included here are ’Plain Jane’, ’Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)’ and ’This Planet’s On Fire (Burn In Hell)’.
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This CD, a great, intimate recording (only friends of the band and, of course the band, at sound check) is an awesome document of a band at the height of it’s powers (and sadly, less than 2 years from implosion). From the opening might of “lonely” to the great, unreleased “Out there” through the Cheech and Chong opus “Earache my eye,” this a must-have live Rollins band document. The versions of “Down and away” (I sing love songs into the abyss and it screams back, ahh ha, ahhh haaa!)and “Turned inside out” are worth the price of the CD alone. Buy it!
This album is incredible. You should do what is required to obtain it. I notice all the other reviewers gave the album 5 stars, and they are all correct. This thing is very intense, very powerful. It simply kicks ass. If you like Rollins Band in general, or just ass-kicking intense music, this is for you. Henry and the band are on fire on this album.
If you like Rollins Band, get yourself a copy of this album. The recording quality is razor sharp and, as said below, it really sounds like you’re there. Whoever recorded this definitely got the band on a good night because this is right up there with some of their best live performances that I’ve been lucky enough to be present at.Hit yourself in the head a few times, tip beer on your floor, tear your shirt a little and fling yourself around your loungeroom with this on as loud as it will go: you can’t have a better time listening to Rollins Band unless you’re actually at a gig. Top stuff.
This is a great recording of Rollins Band. Many of the songs here are also on “Turned On” but the overall quality is as different as night and day. It’s cleaner, Henry’s voice is stronger, and the band’s playing seems tighter. And if you’re old enough to remember Cheech and Chong, you’ll get a good laugh from “Earache my Eye” Rollins style.