Friday, June 17, 2016

Double LP Review: "Live! In California" by Radio Moscow

Live! In California
The double live album.

That is about the most beautiful phrase in the whole world of music to me.

Over the course of my life, there have been hundreds of these records in my collections. Rory Gallagher, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Slash, Metallica, and countless others.

Think of how many bands have made their name on their live shows and how so few have put out the double live LP at just the right time.

Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same remains the one to me that was such a disappointment, until the rest of the album was put into context making it a triple live LP. Metallica waited until 30+ years into their career to do one. Black Sabbath's first with Ozzy was actually their second, though Live Evil was amazing.

Radio Moscow
For this reviewer, KISS's Alive! is still the gold standard in live albums, even knowing full well it wasn't even close to a live record.

What's the point of a live album?

To me, it's what makes you just need to see the band in concert. Live music, always feels and sounds different to me in a way that's just better and more real.

I need to hear the air between the instruments.

Radio Moscow is claiming this album is completely live with no overdubs and because I don't want to be disillusioned again, there will be no investigation into said claims.

It's easy to say this though, this album does feel 100% live. There aren't pretty ends of songs, but clunky, clipped chords when it's time to go. There's clearly no second guitar during those luscious solos.

The wah drenched blues tunes will stand up the hairs on your arms. Never before I have I wanted to see a band perform live more badly than I do right now with Radio Moscow.

It's entertaining, honest, beautiful, and exactly what a fan of theirs would want their shows to sound like.

Turn it up and then turn it up some more.

Release: 7/8/16
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Label: Alive-Natural Sound
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