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Live: Right Here, Right Now

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  • Live: Right Here, Right Now is one of the best sounding live rock albums ever produced. However, it suffers tremendously from too many indulgent solos and way too many tracks from the uneven For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album. Many of the tracks sound just like the studio versions sounding like a greatest hits album recorded live with a poor tracklist.

    The album does contain many of the hits from the Sammy Hagar era such as “Right Now”, “When It’s Love”, “Why Can’t This Be Love”, and “Dreams” among others. The album also contains two of his solo hits, “One Way To Rock” and “Give To Live.” While these are both good tracks, his signature song “I Can’t Drive 55″ is noticeably absent. Eddie Van Halen’s solo “316″ is surely an excellent showcase on the album but Michael Anthony’s “Ultra Bass” is way too long and Alex Van Halen’s drum solo is nothing spectacular. One senses these were pretty impressive to see live but sound indulgent on a live album.

    The album also suffers from featuring no less than 10 tracks from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and very little from the David Lee Roth era skipping completely over Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, and Diver Down. The addition of tracks such as “Dance The Night Away”, “Beautiful Girls”, “Everybody Wants Some”, “Take Your Whiskey Home”, “Unchained”, “Mean Street”, and “(Oh) Pretty Woman” and limiting down to 3 tracks from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge would have helped this album big time. Hagar’s singing on the few Roth-era tracks are decent but lack Roth’s charisma. On a high note, their version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is certainly one of the high points of the album. It’s a shame that with all their strong material, they couldn’t come up with a better live album. It reminds of you how Led Zeppelin released the lackluster live album The Song Remains The Same after releasing at least six classic albums with the only real difference being that this album sounds much better.

    Posted on February 21, 2010