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4.0 out of 5 stars The Red Rocker's Best Album, 28 Aug 2010
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Loud & Clear (Audio CD)
Sammy Hagar,the Red Rocker,an all American Man as Kiss would say,never really caught on over here but is a national treasure in the U S of A.Sadly his studio output for me was always lukewarm almost pop rock at times but live ,well a different beast altogether.

This is another of those classic 70's single live albums that really should be remastered and given the deluxe double disc treatment,here's hoping.

Opening with Hagars' personal anthem 'Red' we're off to a flyer with party anthems 'Rock n Roll Weekend','Make It Last/Reckless' following,the latter with a riff reminiscent of Zeppelin's 'Communication Breakdown','Turn Up The Music follows another rock n roll anthem,the slightly poppy 'I've Done Everything For You'(reminds me of Cheap Trick',opened the original albums side 2 before the albums 2 big hitters,a stunning 'Young Girl Blues' complete with outstanding lead guitar playing from Hagar and Gary Phil before trashing your stereo with 'Bad Motor Scooter',simply a joy to behold,that was the finish of the original album(titled All Night Long),this uk reissue tagged on another Montrose cover,'Space Station No 5' which round off the album nicely.

I've still got my original RED vinyl copy,would love to know what happened to the rest of the band made up of Gary Phil,Bill Church & Chuck Ruff,a really excellent line up.

I've docked a star because the original production was average and the remaster has highlighted that also the ridiculous decidion to fade out the ending of 'Bad Motor Scooter'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clearly his best, 21 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Loud & Clear (Audio CD)
Frampton wasn't the only one that came alive in the mid seventies- his mammoth sales made hundreds of record executives wake up to the fact that live albums could reap lively profits. You didn't need to have any new songs, or spend much time in the studio (allegedly). In the years that followed it seemed that nearly every band on earth was dragging a mobile recording unit along to their gigs
For heavy rock groups the live album seemed especially valid in a decade when recording techniques were still relatively primitive, and capturing a band's raw power in the studio was rarely achieved. Kiss, for example, struggled to translate their sound onto vinyl until the career-saving "Alive!" set finally broke them
All this goes for Sammy Hagar, too. In fact, particularly for him. Reknowned as an exciting live performer, he always delivered high energy concerts. But in the studio his approach was far more restrained, his hard rock instincts tamed in the interests of a commercially acceptable sound. Only on this live album was his impact fully realised
The only problem was in its length (or lack of it). In the macho world of rock and roll, size has always been important, so why Capitol didn't deem Hagar worthy of a double release is anyone's guess. Around the same time, Ted Nugent was unleashing his "Double Live Gonzo" set which has achieved landmark status. Other two-record sets by UFO and Thin Lizzy enjoy the same reputation, and "Loud and Clear" really ought to be ranked alongside these
Anyway, at least with a single disc we were spared the obligatory drum solo. Such excesses were trimmed, and we're left with live cuts like "Rock and Roll Weekend", which are delivered fast and furious, leaving the studio versions in the dust
In the UK there was over a year's delay before the LP was eventually released under a changed title (the US original was called "All Night Long"), but it was worth the wait, as we got an unexpected encore in the shape of "Space Station #5"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed a permanent place on my MP3 player, 31 Oct 2007
This review is from: Loud & Clear (Audio CD)
Sammy Hagar is massive on West Coast America and I still can't figure out why he never quite captured the imagination of the British. One listen to this album explains exctly why he was chosen to replace Dave Lee Roth as the Van Halen frontman. A unique vocal sound and some of his guitar work is up to Eddie Van Halen status. I had already heard a few snippets of Sammy Hagar from his time in Montrose (the band not the Scottish 2nd division football team) but discovered this album by pure accident when I saw it for sale in the early 80's in clear candy red vinyl that looked so good you could have licked it like a toffe apple and I had to buy it for that reason alone.

One listen and I was hooked from the first few riffs of the opening track Red. The finest track on this album for me is undoubtedly the Donovan written Young Girl Blues .... a few seconds short of 9 minutes of awesome guitar licks wound round a half decent ballad, made all the more inspiring when you realise its played live and with near studio perfection. I rank this as my second best ever live album alongside Blackfoots Highway Song, both of which are only bettered by the ultimate live album - MSG's One Night at Budokan.

This album is rocky, catchy and something a bit different and it is money well spent .... its metal music that posh birds will like too. If you buy this I am willing to bet you end up buying at least one Hagar studio album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Want To Get Into Some Red?, 23 Sep 2003
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Edward Teach (Brisbane, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Loud & Clear (Audio CD)
As the first live rock concert I ever witnessed (the Hammersmith Odeon version in 1980), this album holds a special place and allows me the indulgence of writing a gratuitous and effusive review. Even if I wanted to show some restraint, it would be impossible in the face of such a truly dynamic and forceful live performance.
After appearing on the scene with Montrose and long before adding a new dimension to the Van Halen franchise, Hagar was demonstrating his full mastery of the guitar-driven rock show. That he was such a powerful force on stage was only tempered by the somewhat restrained showing on his studio albums.
The guitar playing of both Hagar and Gary Phil (what ever happened to him?) are sensational and Bill ‘The Electric’ Church provides a bass line onto which you could build a fortress. Exploding into life with ‘Red’, the energy barely relents. Sadly it’s over too soon and having sat for the duration of ‘Bad Motor Scooter’ with your jaw firmly on your chest, it is one of rock music’s greatest travesties that the producers saw fit to fade it out before its completion.
Disappointing production aside, this should have a place in your top ten live rock albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest LIVE albums of all time-you betcha, 14 May 2014
This review is from: Loud & Clear (Audio CD)
This album is a must have for fans of classic, no frills hard rock.

Originally released as "All Night Long" this is a reissue of that album with Space Station No5 being added as an extra track.

Featuring a brilliant backing band (Carmassi, Church, Pihl) The tracks are rocked up, and sound absolutely killer. The guitar sound on Turn Up The Music still raises the hairs on the back of my neck.

There really is no real filler on this single album and provides a great cross section of Sammy solo classics and Montrose faves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans of heavy rock'n'roll, 8 Mar 2014
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This is a great live album from the late 70s by the Red Rocker. Remastering this time has been done very well. The fade out on Bad Motor Scooter is as i remember it from the days of (Red) vinyl. There's a real energy to the whole album, even when it slows down on Young Girl Blues.
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