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The Dead Daisies are alive and kicking. The veteran rock outfit makes that clear in its brand new live recording Live & Louder. The recording, released last Friday, May 19, comes a little less than a year after the release of the band’s third full-length studio recording Make Some Noise. This new live recording is also the band’s first-ever live offering. Keeping that in mind, it is a good start for the band in terms of live recordings. That is due in part to the recording’s set list. This will be discussed shortly. The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to discuss as the set list itself in examining its overall presentation. The bonus DVD that comes with the CD is yet another of the recording’s most important elements and hardly its last. One could (and should) discuss the recording’s collective production values, which include its sound engineering and its general editing, as another positive. The only real negative to the whole thing is the fact that the DVD provides snippets of the band’s performance rather than the performances in whole presented in the recording’s CD. It would have been nice to have had that included in the package. Hopefully that will be taken into consideration when and if the band releases its next live recording. Even with that in mind, the recording in whole still proves to be an enjoyable first live effort from The Dead Daisies that exhibits potential for future live recordings from the band.
Live & Louder is an enjoyable first live effort from The Dead Daisies. It is a recording that that exhibits potential for future live recordings from the band. That is due in part to the recording’s set list. The 15-song set list (technically 14-song since one track is listed as “Band intros) lifts liberally from the band’s latest full-length studio recording, with the album receiving eight nods. The band’s first two records are also represented here, too with the band self-titled 2014 album being represented by ‘Lock ‘N’ Load,’ which featured former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash as guest musician in the original recording. Revolucion (2014) receives three nods in the form of ‘Mexico,’ ‘With You and I’ and the band’s cover of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s ‘Midnight Moses.’ Those aren’t the set list’s only high points. Also included in the set list are covers of The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ and Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band.’ While Make Some Noise got the most nods in this set list, the band is to be commended for lifting at least somewhat from its first two records for this show, too. It would have been nice to have more songs from those albums for audiences who might not be so familiar with the band and its body of work. Hopefully the band will take this into consideration when and if it releases its second live effort. Even with this in mind, the set list still proves to be its own important part of the recording’s whole. It is not the recording’s only key element. The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to discuss here as the set list itself.
The set list featured in The Dead Daisies’ debut live recording is a key piece of the recording’s whole. That is because though it pulls heavily from the band’s latest album, it does make an attempt to introduce audiences to the band’s older material, too. Hopefully any future live recordings will be more balanced in regards to its representation of the band’s body of work. While the set list alone makes this recording a good first live effort for the band, it is just one of the elements that is worth noting. The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself. What is most notable about the band’s performance throughout these collected concerts is the sheer energy exuded in each show by each of the band’s members. Front man John Corabi leads the way, giving his all in each song while the teamwork of guitarists Doug Aldrich and David Lowy generates even more energy through each song. Drummer Brian Tichy’s solid timekeeping and powerhouse work behind the kit will impress drummers and musicians in general as will veteran bassist Marco Mendoza. Whether in the songs or between them, the band manages to keep even home audiences entertained with its collective work. The only downside to the band’s performances is that the actual video of said performances comes only in small clips in the concert’s bonus DVD. It would have been nice to have had a full audio-visual presentation of that energy rather than an exclusively audio presentation. Either way, the energy of the band’s performance does translate relatively well here. As with the set list itself, it is another element which should be considered for the band’s next live recording. That aside, the band’s energy still translates well in each song through the recording’s current presentation. Keeping that in mind, it is not the last of the recording’s most important elements. The bonus DVD that comes with the recording is yet another of its key elements.
The bonus DVD that is included with Live & Louder is a critical piece of the recording’s whole because of its content. It includes an extensive series of interviews with the band members in which they discuss a variety of topics including stage fright, favorite live songs, playing covers and much more. It also includes music videos for four songs taken from Make Some Noise. Having the videos available on DVD means not always having to search for the videos online, so that in itself is its own bonus. Audiences are also treated to a brief yet concise look at the tour from which the featured set list was culled. The short vignettes give just a glimpse into the band’s live shows and life on the road, which adds to the recording’s overall experience. Each element is minor in itself. However, when set alongside each other, the noted elements do plenty to add to the overall live experience for fans who might otherwise not get to experience The Dead Daisies live. One can only hope that, again, with its next live recording, a full audio-visual experience will be available and not just glimpses of that full-on experience. That’s a discussion for another time. All things considered, the bonus DVD that comes with Live & Louder’s main CD presentation is worthy of applause in its own right. When it is set alongside the concert’s set list, the band’s performance thereof and even the concert’s production values, the end result is a recording that is a good first live effort for The Dead Daisies both because of and despite the lack of a DVD or Blu-ray recording of the concert.
The Dead Daisies’ debut live recording Live & Louder is a good first live effort from the veteran rock collective. It boasts plenty of positives that have already been noted. What wasn’t fully discussed was the expert production values exhibited throughout the recording. The transitions between the separate segments were spot on and the sound engineering proves to be just as impressive as the general editing. When these elements are set alongside the other discussed elements, the end result proves once more just how enjoyable this recording is even solely on an audio-specific platform. With any luck, the band’s next live recording will include a DVD and/or Blu-ray performance so that the band can show even more just how impressive its live show is. Live & Louder is available now. More information on Live & Louder is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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