|The Quireboys - 'Live In London' (DVE)|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Monday, 15 November 2010 06:00|
There will always be a place in my rock 'n' roll heart for The Quireboys. Dating back to their Survival Records days, my love affair with the band may have become a little more platonic as I've grown older but, c'mon, if you were around this band back then, how can you resist songs like 'Misled', 'Sex Party' and 'There She Goes Again'?
But resist them you must, say The Quireboys, well in regards to this release anyway. Making a statement a month before the release of this live album, The Quireboys asked fans not to buy it as it was not endorsed by the band. So what to do, Q'boys fans? You want it surely, but will you go against the band's wishes?
My copy was free (although, curiously, sent for review after the release date) so I feel no shame but, leather-look cover art that looks like an unofficial band product wallet that your nan would have bought you from her holiday in the 80s aside, there's not much about this release that staunch Quireboys fans won't love.
Recorded at the Marquee at the conclusion of the band's stint on the 2002 Monsters Of Rock tour (alongside Alice Cooper, Thunder and The Dogs D'Amour), 'Live In London' opens with a cool version of 'C'mon', the first of four tracks from the then current album 'This Is Rock 'N' Roll' which marked a real return to form for the band back at the start of the last decade. The title track, 'Turn Away' and a great 'Show Me What Ya Got' fitted nicely into the live set back in those days and this disc, band approved or not, showcases that nicely. 'Tramps & Thieves' is the only track from the..err..difficult second album to make an appearance here, the rest of the set is made up of classic cuts including, of course, 'Hey You', '7 O'Clock' and 'Whippin' Boy'.
Want holes picking? Okay then. The needless drum solo tacked on the end of 'This Is Rock 'N' Roll' purely because Jason Bonham was playing with the band was useless then and sounds even more so now. The version here of the timeless 'I Don't Love You Anymore', a song always guaranteed to get me singing into the hair brush to an imaginary audience of notches on the bedpost (playing field/toilet cubicle/backseat - you know the score), ain't as great as it should be. And more use of the editing suite should have been forthcoming in regards to between-song patter. But that's being really picky. Honestly, there's not much here to dislike.
DVE's Live & Loud Collection comes with an audio disc of the live set and, somewhat curiously, a live DVD of exactly the same thing. Okay, there's an introduction from Krusher (with a gag that falls flatter than a Vic Reeves dove joke) and more between-song tomfoolery but, honestly, something different would be slightly more appealing. Saying that, this live footage is very decent and as good as a budget retail DVD release. In fact, I'm sure that some would even prefer to watch this than listen to the album itself, an album, of course, that the band don't want you to buy.....
.....I'll do you a tape.