Early next month, rock super group The Winery Dogs will release its latest live recording Dog Years to the masses. The recording, which includes both a live 15-song (17 if one counts drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Billy Sheehan’s solos) set and a bonus 5-song studio EP is an impressive new live effort from The Winery Dogs. That is due in part to both of the noted elements and the trio’s performance of the noted set list. Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation. All things considered, they make Dog Years a work that proves to be one more of this year’s top new live recordings.
The Winery Dogs’ latest new live recording Dog Years is an enjoyable new offering from the rock super group, and easily a candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings. That is due in part to its 15-song (again, 17 if one counts the two solo segments) set list. The set list, which runs approximately 98-minutes, pulls almost equally from both of the band’s current albums. The band’s self-titled debut is represented with seven songs while Hot Streak gets eight nods. Considering the fact that The Winery Dogs boasts a total of 13 songs, that representation means that the band treated it Chilean audiences with more than half of that album in the concert presented in this recording. That in itself is well worthy of its own share of applause. The same applies to the band’s latest full-length studio recording. Eight of its 13 total songs are represented in this live recording. As with The Winery Dogs, that selection means that once again the band pulls from more than half of Hot Streak, too. The result of that set list is a show that gives audiences a very healthy representation of the band’s body of work today. This is more than worth its share of applause.
On a related note, the sequencing of the show’s rich set list is just as important to note as the set list itself. Audiences will note in the set list that the band never sticks to one album or the other for far too long at one time. The longest span that each album sees in this set list is two songs. In other words, the band ensures audiences engagement not just with the set list but also with its sequencing. The pairing of these factors does plenty to keep the concert entertaining and engaging. The pairing makes the elements collectively just one of the key elements to discuss in examining this recording. The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list and its sequencing.
The band’s performance of the concert’s set list is so important to note because without a solid performance, there would be little to talk about here. Audiences will be happy to know that the band’s performance of the concert’s set list is just as solid as the set list itself and its sequencing showing that it is possible to have an enjoyable live experience without unnecessary pyro and other elements. Front man Richie Kotzen and company waste little time between songs with any idle rambling opting instead to keep the show’s energy flowing from one song to the next. There are some brief interludes between songs, but for the most part, the band keeps things moving swiftly, explaining why the show’s run time comes in at just under two hours. Add to the concert’s constant transitions the energy in each musician’s performance, and audiences get a show that will completely enthrall them. From Kotzen’s own energy to Mike Portnoy’s driving tempos that barely let up to Sheehan’s own solid low-end and fiery performance, audiences get plenty to applaud even from the comfort of their own homes. The entertainment and engagement ensured through the band’s performance couples with the show’s set list in all of its aspects to strengthen the concert’s presentation even more. They are not the recording’s only key elements either. The bonus five-song Dog Years EP is just as important to note in examining the recording’s presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s performance.
The bonus give-song Dog Years EP that comes with The Winery God’s new live recording is just as important to note in examining this recording’s presentation as the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof. The EP is important to discuss because none of the songs featured on the disc are included in the concert or on either of the band’s current albums. Odds are the blues-based songs are works that didn’t make the final cut for one of both of those records. That is a positive to note because if that is indeed the case, then the inclusion of the songs here completes even more the listening experience for both records. Regardless of whether or not that is the case, their inclusion still adds plenty to the overall experience of this live recording. That is because one could easily argue that they present a sense of additional encores from the concert, despite being studio tracks. Keeping this in mind, the bonus EP that comes with Live In Santiago more than proves itself as an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation. When it is considered along with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of these elements gives audiences plenty to bark about. No, this review could not be completed without that intentionally awful pun or a variant thereof. That aside, the whole of the noted elements makes Dog Years in whole an easy candidate for a slot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.
The Winery Dogs’ latest live recording Dog Years is a work that any critic should have on his or her list of the year’s top new live recordings come December. That is due, as already noted, in part due to the concert’s set list. The set list pulls relatively equally from both of the band’s current albums and never sticks to one album or the other for too long. The band’s performance of the set list adds just as much entertainment to the concert thanks to the energy put into the performance by each band member. The bonus five-song EP that is included with the recording is a virtual multi-song encore for fans who didn’t’ get enough from the extensive audio-visual experience presented in the live recording. Each element clearly plays its own important part in the overall presentation of Dog Years. All things considered, this recording proves fully deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings. More information on Dog Years is available online now along with all The Winery Dogs’ latest news and more at:
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