Quiet Riot’s Live and Rare Volume 1 is full of good music, live stuff from the Condition Critical tour as well as three demos. The sound quality of the live material leaves a lot to be desired, like another reviewer stated it sounds about like a bootleg. The three demos are of good sound quality. If you’re looking for some live Quiet Riot go with the Extended Versions cd.
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This live album is good. It’s entertaining and is excellent to bang your head to (no pun intended). The only problem is the few seconds at the end of each song. The music just stops. It dosen’t flow. Very good otherwise.
I admit i’m not a huge QR fan, but I love the songs Metal Health and Come On Feel The Noise. From the moment I pressed play it had this terrible sound that seemed like an unrealistic live sound, the guitar wasnt trebled enough, the drum sounded flat like the treble was all the way down and the bass is hardly hearable at all. The singing however is OK.
The producation on the songs really make it hard to stand out as a recignisable live album. I thought the first few songs where just boring me but then when the ones started that I knew I could hear the low quality of them, and the editing and panning sounds rotating around is just annoying. The drum solo probably would sound ok if it didnt sound trapped behind a concrete wall. I’ve heard better live recordings from this band then this… if youre a die hard QR fan and wanna hear some old live recordings and a few demo tracks of early songs then this album is a must but to the casual fan, skip it and go for something else by them.
I own every QR album, even the two Japanese records they did with Randy Rhoads, so obviously I had to own this one too. Unfortunately, the only good reason I can think of to own Live and Rare by Quiet Riot is if you’re a completist. I should have known that by the cheap and cheesey cover art, but I definitely realized that upon first listen.
Although the liner notes say “produced by Frankie Banali” (QR drummer) and “mixed and mastered by Neil Citron” (latter days QR guitarist) you can’t hear any production value or sound quality at all. This sounds like a bootleg, plain and simple, and I have heard better bootlegs. As for mixing and mastering, I speculate that Citron adjusted some levels on his PC and burned a master copy using a household CD burner. The two-second gap between songs (extremely annoying when you have crowd noise chopped off and then carried over) is just one clue as to the lack of care that went into this package. No one could possibly have played the CD and approved it for release without noticing, so I suspect that nobody played the CD before releasing it.
Sure, the material is great, you can’t beat these classic tunes from Metal Health and Condition Critical, along with a drum solo and a couple rare early QR tracks (including one from the Randy Rhoads years). The demos are cool, done for the DuBrow solo album before he reformed QR in ‘83. The demos, however, are pretty much the only thing I can handle listening to. The rest, with its bootleg quality sound and two-second gaps between songs, is so close to unlistenable, I know that this QR album will recieve very few spins in my collection.
The truly scary thing? This CD is subtitled “Volume I”.
Very saddened by Kevin DuBrow’s cocaine overdose. The first metal band I ever listened to will never rock again.
I haven’t listened to this CD since I bought it except for the studio tracks because of that 2 second gap. I decided to try burning a copy of the CD using Nero 8 and clicking “remove 2 second gap”. It pretty much did the trick, there is a slight pause or pop when each track begins, but this trick will at least make the album listenable.
It was great hearing Lets Get Crazy, Run For Cover and especially Gonna Have A Riot live from back in ‘83/’84. The demo’s were pretty good as well. I gave this release four stars instead of five because each track has a stop gap of one second in between them and since most of the tracks are live, it sounds like a bootleg splice/chop job in between tracks. My understanding is that the band has already acknowledged this as a mistake on the labels behalf and future pressings of the cd will not have the annoying stop gaps between tracks.