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LITA FORD THE BITCH IS BACK LIVE REVIEW

LITA FORD

THE BITCH IS BACK LIVE

STEAMHAMMER/SPV

2013

 

 

BACK AND BITCHY

 

 

 

Lita Ford has gone through a lot over the last few years and since her recording comeback after a 14 year absence with the truly awful ‘Wicked Wonderland’ in 2009 she turned things around dramatically with last year’s back to form ‘Living Like a Runaway’.

 

With a healthy back catalogue and a new lease of life a live album might seem a little old school, but it’s document enough to prove to anyone sat on the fence that a night out at a Lita show might be a night well spent.

 

Kicking off with a decent cover of Elton John’s ‘The Bitch is Back’ (most Elton songs of a certain vintage take a hard rock sheen particularly well) the live album takes in some of the best from the past along with a few reminders that the new stuff ain’t too bad ether.

 

The only slightly odd thing about the release is that it primarily plunders only two of Lita’s album releases. Last years’ ‘Living Like a Runaway’ is well represented with 5 tracks (If you count ‘The Bitch is Back’ which appeared as a bonus track on some releases). There’s also 4 more from 1988’s only RCA release – ‘Lita’: and we still somehow miss ‘Falling In and Out of Love’ (a single from that album and one of my favourite tracks of hers, period). From other releases there’s only ‘Hungry’ from Stiletto; and the title tracks from both “Out for Blood’ and ‘Dancing on the Edge’ albums.

 

Sadly there’s no ‘What Do Ya Know About Love’ or ‘Shot of Poison’ from Dangerous Curves, and nothing from the Runaways or her “Dangerous Curves’ album. I guess what we’re trying to say is tha good as this is – and it’s a very enjoyable live album, it could have been stronger still.

 

What makes it so strong of course are the songs that take you back – like ‘Back to the Cave’; ‘Out For Blood’ (yes it reminds me of the Ramones too Lita); the pleasingly Ozzy-less ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ and of course ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ which rounds things out in style.



With a US release date now pushed back to November 5th Europe gets things a little earlier on October 25th (Germany) and 28th (rest of Europe).  

 

 

www.litafordonline.com

 

Mark Diggins

 

LITA FORD THE BITCH IS BACK LIVE REVIEW 2013