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Guitars Steal the Show
on 24 January 2011
Well over 30 years old and this still rates as one of the genuinely great live rock albums. Okay, traditional Velvet-heads will turn their noses up, but there's no denying that Lou sounds like he's enjoying himself in front of a powerhouse line up of virtuoso musicians, guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner to the fore, very ably supported by Prakash John on bass. You could draw a parallel with pal Bowie's David Live set, in which Earl Slick's searing guitar notably - and frequently - let rip on some Bowie standards (and that didn't go down well with some Ziggy diehards either...). Hunter and Wagner dominate the set right from the start, with their mazy, melodic licks in the Intro seaming into the monster chords of Sweet Jane. Heroin is a slow burning epic, building up momentum into some blazing dual guitar interplay. Whilst White Light/White Heat is somewhat underpowered after such a start, the pace picks up again with Lady Day and the soaring closer Rock 'n' Roll, featuring more dazzling interplay between the leads. Lou would never claim to be from the Plant or Gillan school of rock vocalists, but he does a decent enough job in this untypically heavy setting. Overall - very highly recommended.