If you like COC then this CD is a must. COC is a great live band so if you haven’t seen them live then you must get this CD.
2003 double CD release of 2002 live DVD release is pressed onto an enhanced CD, includes special deluxe packaging, & seven bonus tracks, ’Heading Out To The Highway’, ’Grinder’, ’The Sentinel’, ’Green Manalishi’, ’Beyond The Realms Of Death’, ’You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’, & ’Hellion/Electric Eye’. Enhanced material consists of video extracts from the ’Live In London’ DVD. Includes booklet with rare photos, liner notes & tour dates from their 2001-2002 world tour. Slipcase. Steamhammer.
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If you’re a fan of COC or any old school hard rock for that matter, then you need this. Live versions of “Clean My Wounds” and “Albatross” sound just as good, if not better than the originals. And for such songs as “Senor Limpio” and “Wiseblood,” the live setting allows for maximum groove and chunk to be added; substantially improving their sound. The production here is a perfect example of less=more as you are allowed to hear every instrument as well as frontman Pepper Keenan’s menacing growls without sugar coating. This album shows that, even deep into their career, that COC still tear up the stage on their own terms.
This is what live should be. A great band playing a great set in a a great club. No overdubs, not re-do’s… nothing. Just pure COC. For fans of the band, a must have. For newcomers, it will make you a COC devotee for sure.
If you don’t purchase this album, you are probably making the biggest mistake of your musical experience. Believe me when I tell you that I own a great deal of music and this is by far the best live album that I have ever purchased. From start to finish, there just isn’t a DUD anywhere. Buy it!!!!! You won’t regret it!
The above quote appears on the inside of the album and describes exactly what this recording was intended to be- a killer live album for the TRUE COC fan. From the opening sludge of “These Shrouded Temples” thru the bluesy “Senor Limpio” and “Who’s Got the Fire” to the crushing “Vote With a Bullet” the album is a near perfect representation of the band’s career. Oh, did I happen to mention “Albatross” is included? I saw these guys open for Megadeth in 95 and Metallica in 97 and this album might as well have been recorded then. One thing that always bugged me with live recordings was a band’s tendency to play most songs faster and sloppier than studio versions, a tendency COC nicely resist. The guitar tones are crisp, clean and punishing, with just the right amount of harmonics and missed notes to make it authentic. The songs from “Volume Dealer” are more in your face here, especially the riffs and tone. Pepper and Woody absolutely jam on the bluesier numbers, Mike Dean is as solid as ever, but I was totally impressed by Jimmy Bower’s drumming on all tracks, as he sticks to the original fills and does not overpower but drives the band. I guess my only complaint would be Peppers vocals sounding flat at times, and the sloppy picking on the closing track “Clean My Wounds”. To those who think COC softened or sold out with “Dealer”, I think this album will have you agreeing with Pepper’s quote, “other bands are afraid when they see us on the bill, ’cause they know when we go out there we’ll stick them in the dirt.” Cheers to the band for one of the best live albums I’ve bought in a while. And go get “Black Label Society’s” live one, too!!!