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2002 remastered live album from the pioneers of riffing metal, performing an amazing set of hard-hitting Budgie favorites. Their first live concert recorded specifically for official release. Noteworthy Productions Ltd.

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  • I really waited to hear this live album because I had all the Budgie studio albums in my CD collection. The track listing seems very good…there’s classics as “I Turned to Stone”, “Zoom Club”, “Breadfan”, “Napoleon Bona part 1 & 2″, and “Guts”. But there’s also “Gunslinger”. And why? Because is a Texas kind of song! Because this album was recorded in San Antonio, Texas it has to be that song. That would have been great if the live version would have been at least good but I have to say that this version is terrible. Also the opening track “Crime Against the World” is a lousy opener. I think that “Forearm Smash” would have been better. There’s also no songs from “Squawk” although that would have been great. I would have love to hear “Whiskey River” or “Hot As a Docker’s Armpit” live. Of course there are lots of songs I would have liked to hear live. But what’s in this album? Great versions of the songs, recorded in 2002, about twenty years after their latest studio record “Deliever Us From Evil”. Still, the band sounds almost as good as in 70’s…maybe even better. However, I was disappointed that “Breaking All the House Rules” is only three minutes long. It was the first Budgie song I ever heard played by Budgie. Obviously that was just a way to fit more songs for the record. The both medleys are great. Especially it was a great idea to do “Breadfan/NDPW/Breadfan” medley but also “In for the Kill/RotL/Guts/IftK” is great! “Black Velvet Stallion” is even better in this live album than in studio album.
    Stars: Napoleon Bona Part I and II, In for the Kill/Rape of the Locks/Guts, Breadfan/Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Budgie has always had a big fanbase in San Antonio. I think the previous reviewer from dear ol Lancaschire, England has a case of sour grapes-anyway it’s a great CD, but so are all the Budgie albums. OH just get all the Budgie albums, there are only 10 or 11, and have yourself the Budgie Library!

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Cardiff heavy metal titans BUDGIE return with a barnstorming new album after a hiatus of some two decades. Spaceman bassman Burke Shelley & co despatch a frenetic, energetically well paced greatest hits set to a crazed crowd of rabid Texan fruitcakes!This atmospheric in concert CD is a good representation of what to expect at a BUDGIE live show – dynamic, explosive heavy metal, delivered with punch – but also with a keen sense of humour.The album also acts as a nice memento of the all-too-brief period in 2002 when Andy Hart wielded the axe. The former Joe Brown & the Bruvvers (whaaat?) guitarist churns out killer riffs n’tasty frills & fills with minimal fuss and zero pomposity throughout.Walloping walrus drummer Steve Williams has been underrated for waaay too long – check out his performance here – the sheer stamina and power exherted on those skins! Mercy!Neckache is most certainly guaranteed, pop pickers, particularly on early classics such as Napoleon, Breadfan, Melt The Ice Away and the teasing medley of In For The Kill/Rape Of The Locks and Guts.Amazingly heavy stuff … and original, too.So if ever you’ve wondered where the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden and Soundgarden got their chops, check out this disc – it’s a seventy-odd minute lesson in the art of the dispensation of apocalyptic heavy metal.And don’t forget – this spellbinding power trio (now joined by Simon Lees on lead guitar) are still out there rockin’ and need your support out on the road!See you down the front …

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now