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This review is from: 5x5 Live (Audio CD)
As a fan of the band for 30 years, I was lucky enough to see the 5x5 live show in Birmingham. The show itself was one of the best gigs I have ever attended and the band threw themselves into the evening wholeheartedly. This is reflected in the quality of this CD - all of the tracks are performed with energy, vitality and no little skill. It is probably one of the better live CDs available and the performance of New Gold Dream at the end of the CD perfectly captures the atmosphere at the gig I went to and is the band's crowning glory. The only thing missing from the gig, and therefore this recording is "Wonderful in YOung Life" - a personal favourite - which I still play regularly 30 years after the making.Jim Kerr has said that he believes that this period of the band's existence should be part of the future and I totally agree. I've seen SM eight times over the years and the material produced on the first five albums is excellent and has been invigorated by the 5x5 tour and in no way sounds dated when heard live. I'll be going to a gig on the forthcoming greatest hits tour, but the material to be played won't be half as good as that to be heard on the 5x5 live album.
If you want to buy a top class, live album representing this genre and era then this is without doubt the best thing that money can buy.
Finally, I hope that Jim and the boys repeat the live 5x5 tour again in the future - the quality of the songs is simply too good to be consigned to history and should be accessible to other generations who would otherwise miss out.
This is a piece of musical history bought back to life at its best - buy it!!