Reckless Kelly hit the road last week in support of its forthcoming live recording Bulletproof Live. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 29 in New Braunfels, TX, with performances in cities across America in-between. While the band’s tour is extensive, taking the band to cities throughout the Midwest, Southwest, Pacific Northwest and west coast, there are still lots of cities and fans who will not get to experience the band’s live show. That is where Bulletproof Live comes into play. The recording gives fans – those who are and are not lucky enough to experience the band’s live show – the opportunity to experience the joy of a Reckless Kelly live show on CD. This recording, which culled performances from the band captured during its 2018 west coast tour, is an enjoyable offering. That is due in part to the set list, which will be discussed shortly. The band’s performance of said set list adds even more enjoyment to the recording. The recording’s mixing and production puts the final touch to its presentation, and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Bulletproof Live. All things considered, they make the recording an offering that all of Reckless Kelly’s fans will appreciate.
Reckless Kelly’s new live recording Bulletproof Live is a presentation that all of the band’s fans will appreciate. That is due in part to the recording’s set list. The set list features all 14 songs from Bulletproof in the exact same sequence as they are presented on said record. While the recording’s packaging does not list the exact dates of the recorded performances, that is beside the point. The fact of the matter is that audiences get here, Bulletproof in its entirety in the same sequence as its original studio presentation, but better, because it is presented here in a live setting. Some of the versions are close to the original studio takes while others, such as ‘American Blood’ and ‘Passing Through’ give audiences a slightly different, but still equally enjoyable, take on said songs. Simply put, the set list at the center of Bulletproof Live forms a solid foundation for the recording’s presentation. It gives audiences the band’s whole album in the same presentation from its original recording. It does this by presenting (audio) glimpses of Reckless Kelly’s live show at various performances. This in itself adds to the interest because it is not just one performance. It gives a wider understanding and appreciation of the band’s live show. It is just one aspect of the recording that audiences will appreciate. The band’s performance of the songs adds even more interest to the recording’s presentation.
The band’s performance of each of the album’s songs adds to the recording’s engagement and entertainment in that each member gives audiences something special in his own performance throughout. From beginning to end, each of the performances featured in the recording mirrors the songs of Bulletproof closely. Yet at the same time, there’s a certain sense of intimacy established in the performances that it translated so well from start to end. That is due to the focus put into each song’s performance by the band’s members. From the thoughts of an old country dive bar generated through the band’s performance of ‘California Blues’ to the energy of the opener ‘Ragged as the Road’ to the deeply bittersweet feel of ‘Don’t Say Goodbye,’ listeners can tell that the band’s members are each fully focused on giving audiences the best show possible in each performance. The same applies with the rest of the featured songs, too. The result of that focus being so well translated leads the recording in whole to be just as enjoyable as its studio source material. When it is considered alongside the very fact that the recording’s sequencing presents Bulletproof’s sequencing in precise order, the two elements together make the record that much more appealing, for aesthetic and emotional reasons. While the two elements go a long way toward making Bulletproof Live appealing to Reckless Kelly’s fans, they are not the recording’s only key elements. The recording’s production and audio mix are just as notable in examining the recording’s presentation.
The production and audio mix is important to note in examining the whole of Bulletproof Live because they play directly into the translation of the band’s performances. Front man Willie Braun’s vocals are expertly balanced with the work of his band mates – Cody Braun (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica), Jay Nazz (drums) and Joe Miller (bass) — in each recording. Not having the venues listed in the recording’s packaging and not having the recording available on DVD or Blu-ray, one can only assume the size of the venues in which the performances were recorded. That aside, it is clear that those who handled the production and mixing took into full account those exact items – the venues and their acoustics – in producing the final product. As a result of that focus, the sound in each performance translates each performance with full clarity, adding even more to the recording’s appeal. When that appeal is considered along with the appeal generated through the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of Bulletproof Live becomes a presentation that will heartily appeal to any of Reckless Kelly’s fans.
Reckless Kelly’s forthcoming live recording Bulletproof Live is a presentation that is certain to appeal to every one of the band’s fans. That is due in part to the recording’s set list, which despite being recorded at various points through the band’s 2018 west coast tour, mirrors the sequencing of its source material exactly. The band’s performance of each song adds its own share of interest to the recording, too, along with the commendable mixing and production that wet into the recording’s final product. Each item discussed here is key in its own way to the whole of Bulletproof Live. All things considered, they make this recording another positive live offering from Reckless Kelly. More information on the recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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