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  • Having been very sheltered in my teen years, when I turned 18 in 1979 I decided to go to a rock concert. Ted Nugent was sold out so I asked the lady at the ticket counter what other concerts were available. The concert warmed up with “On Broadway”, the second act was Judas Priest, touring their “Hell Bent for Leather” album, and UFO touring the “Strangers in the Night” album. I was blown away.

    I bought the vinyl LP the next day. I bought it again a few years later to replace it when my wife destroyed it during a fight. (She knew where to hit me where it hurt and now she’s my ex-wife) I also bought the cassette tape somewhere along the line and it is one of the first CD’s I ever bought. There was a problem with the original release of the CD though. The tracks were cut in the wrong place. If the songs were played individually, you would hear the intro to “Let it Roll” at the end of another song. This annoyed me on those few ocasions when I didn’t play it straight through.

    Finally, I bought the Remastered Expanded edition which not only fixed that problem, but added a couple of songs from their later releases, “Hot ‘N’ Ready” and “Cherry.” Some of the live chatter from Mogg will be new to those familiar with earlier versions, but it’s all good. The CD insert on this one is much better too. It folds out and has the artwork from the original gatefold of the album as well as the front and back along with a short history of the band added.

    There are only two other live albums I would rank higher than this one and they are “Just One Night” by Eric Clapton and “The Song Remains the Same” by Led Zeppelin. Maybe if I had gotten to the box office a bit earlier I might be saying the same thing about “Double Live Gonzo”… Sorry Ted.

    Posted on February 8, 2010