There are few bands on this great planet that have a reputation for sleaze that even comes close to that of MOTLEY CRUE. The legendary American rockers turned the rock world upside down last year when they announced the surprise reunion of original four members Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx (for a start it's a miracle that they're all still alive!)
'Carnival of Sins' is a document of the ultra successful worldwide tour which followed the reunion and is certainly a value for money package with 23 songs packed onto the double disc collection.
Mirroring most of the live shows from the tour, the first half of the show (featured on Disc 1) concentrates almost entirely on the band's earlier material with classics 'Too Young to Fall in Love' and 'Looks That Kill' present. The production is loud and clear, with the audience sounding like they're having a blast. Tommy Lee's drums sound better than ever and his performance confirms his reputation as one of the best drummers in rock and roll history.
The latter half of the show (featured on Disc 2) is almost a 'Best of' with highlights of the band's material from the 1989 classic 'Dr.Feelgood' album onwards. Also, thrown in for good measure are the covers 'Helter Skelter' (Beatles) and 'Anarchy in UK' (Sex Pistols) and also two brand new tracks 'Sick Love Song' and 'If I Die Tomorrow', both of which are good enough to stand up to the rest of the material on offer.
By his recent standards, Vince Neil's performance is not bad at all with him sounding like a strangled cat on only the odd track (sorry Vince!). Mick Mars plays a blinder, especially when you consider the man is a cripple. His solo's aren't quite as fluent as the heyday, but he still manages to hit all the notes and does a cracking job on all the lead riffs.
I've never been a fan of overdubs. Whats the point of a doing a live album if you're going to overdub in the studio? There aren't any immediately obvious overdubs here, but most of the backing vocals (particular for the post 'Shout At The Devil' era tracks) are from backing tapes that were used on the night. For me, not ideal, but when you're in the audience, you don't care!
For the MOTLEY fans out there, 'Carnival of Sins' will be an essential purchase and it won't dissapoint as a well-produced reflection of some great live performances from a band who've been to hell, but who are now back and on top of the world. For me, not quite as good as their previous live double disc 'Entertainment or Death', but certainly a valid alternative and stone proof that the MOTLEY lads are still fully capable of kicking butt!
on 13 May 2007
Well this is what a rock and roll show is all about. Motley Crue live is live music at its best, over the top, theatrical, loud and attitude by the truckload. These comeback shows of 2005 show that from all the bad and a little swallowing of pride from the previous years has produced a close contender to best rock show of the 21st century (so Far). All the classics are here along with a few newer songs which don,t sound out of place. Stand out tracks vary from day to day. Wildside, Kickstart, Dr Feelgood, Red Hot, Too Fast For Love just a great collection of great songs from a great band. Even Primal Scream and If I Die are live classics. For an experiance not to forget see this band live.
on 31 May 2007
This cd is amazing. Awesome to drive to. I recommend it to any rock fan, especially those who love high pitched singing which Vince does a wicked job at in the gig. I'm seeing the Crue on June 12th and I can't wait. Buy it, won't be disappointed!
on 30 December 2008
Blackie Lawless said it all when he commented on W.A.S.P.'s "Double Live Assassins", about going out and doing your show while the recording equipment runs in the background and hope it'll be the best show on the planet.
I last saw Crue live at Hammersmith June 11, 2007. That venue is "notorious for its bad sound" (Lemmy, White Line Fever; Copyright 2002). The sound there is indeed dodgy....... but please don't anyone go and make the mistake of recording a live album at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
It wasn't Mick's best day - he must have suffered from severe back pain all through the show. Tommy's drums are too dominating - although he has some truely brilliant moments - while Nikki on most songs is hardly audible. Vince started out promising and all let's get-a rockin', so did the audience, partaking enthusiastically in the choruses of the first three songs. From then on his vocal performance changes dramatically, becoming an estranged melody just about resembling the song he's currently singing. The audience somewhere along the line on the first CD lost much of their energy.
CD 2 is better overall, the stand-out is Anarchy. I've never heard a better cover version of that song except for the Sex Pistols' own (and Sid's take on it). But Crue seem to go to great lengths to butcher all their 80s classics on this record.
A veneer of alternative doom superimposes this whole concert. Sorry, that's not what Crue are about. They're about fun, but they audibly have a harder than usual time to convince the audience of that on that day.