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Great White 30 years live from the Sunset strip CD review

GREAT WHITE

30 YEARS LIVE FROM THE SUNSET STRIP

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

 

A LEGACY WELL WORTH CELEBRATING

 

The extended jammed intro to the first song here: ‘Desert Moon’ is a nice way to introduce Terry Illous to the faithful gathered at the Key Club on 22nd March last year (sadly a month before I made it out there last year).  It was always going to be an interesting night with the split with Jack Russell still fresh in everyone’s minds.

 


Whatever you think of Terry as a replacement to Jack, who I’m sure you will all agree has one of the distinct voices in Rock, is largely the point though. I’m happily sat astride that great big fence as a huge fan of Great White over the years, I’m of course sad how things turned out for both camps but unlike many out there I’m happy to let both move on and hopefully then we end up with the best of both – then who knows what the future holds?

 


‘Face the Day’ is an early highlight and a cover of the song originally recorded by Australia’s ‘The Angels’ (aka Angels From Angel City in the US) as is the later ‘Can’t Shake It’. It always intrigues me that Great White are so closely associated with those two songs by a band whose original singer is currently very ill with a brain tumour.  I’m sure both camps will have sent their get well messages to him.

 


 As a live album this is a very laid back affair and it’s on songs like the bluesy ‘House of Broken Love’ where you really feel it all click. Of course you get all the live staples you would expect.  Terry shines especially on the slower numbers like ‘Save Your Love’ and the band are certainly on form.

 


If I was to quibble, and I will, then for a band like Great White this just needs to be longer. These guys are very much a going concern and last year’s ‘Elation’ was an excellent introduction to Terry, but there is nothing on here from the last few years with the exception of 2007’s ‘Back to the Rhythm’ and that from a marketing point of view is a strange decision. Sure a ‘Greatest Hits live’ compilation is going to sell, but if it’s a choice of this package or one of the other seven live albums featuring Jack on vocals (and all longer) what would you pick? Throw one some of the stronger tunes from ‘Elation’ and it’s a different story…

 


Hey but that’s just me, always wanting more. As an album goes it’s a little low key but decently mixed (though not the best production you will hear there’s a lovely sense of space that they’ve managed to capture – how they did that in the Key Club I’ll never know!).

 


The highlight for me was always going to be my favourite Great White song the epic ‘Rock Me’ I’m glad to say that this is a great version.

 


I’d buy the album, but I’d rather have been there! Here’s to the next 30!

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

GREAT WHITE 30 YEARS LIVE FROM THE STRIP CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013