LIVE, LOUD AND LOOSE
Columbia/Legacy CK 62083
Produced by: Al Quaglieri, Paul Dean, Matt Frenette
Released: OUT / Website
GENRE: Pop Rock
Live albums at their best are usually a spontaneous snapshot of a band at their best. I prefer such albums to be lifted from a single performance, with limited overdubs. But the problem that can arise there, is it is often hard to obtain a snapshot of the band's career from a single performance.|
That leads us to the other more popular option of live releases. Taking a range of performances over the band's live history, or as is done here - through their peak period and compile it together.
That's what Bon Jovi did on their One Wild Night live album. But they failed miserably, providing performance gaps between songs, picking limp performances and leaving out any tracks from their best performance era.
Not so on Loverboy's one and only live release. I love this album!
As far as the compiling style of album goes, this is how it should be done.
The guys have taken a selection of their live performances between 1982 and their peak in 1986 and strung them together for a virtual greatest hits live album.
What Loverboy have done, that once again Bon Jovi didn't do, is cater to all the fans expectations with every hit included and a selection of top album tracks and live favorites. The band really had an impressive run of hits and this album includes them all.
Spirited performances of The Kid Is Hot Tonight, Working For The Weekend, The Lucky Ones, Lovin' Every Minute Of It and my personal favorite Queen Of The Broken Hearts are balanced by the inclusion of the band's best ballads This Could Be The Night and the haunting When It's Over. And all these tracks are joined by a continuous crowd noise - screaming and cheering away. It at least ads atmosphere to the recording and makes it seem that you are listening to the one gig.
|PRODUCTION: 85%||SONGS: 90%||VIBE: 80%||ATTITUDE: 85%||ESSENTIAL FOR: Every single Loverboy fan out there.|