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Fast and Frighteningly Good,
This review is from: Live Omaha to Osaka (Audio CD)
Although L7 have been around for more than a decade and built up a considerable fanbase by constant touring, they have taken this long to release a live album, for reasons best known to themselves.
This album, as the title suggests, contains recordings from 2 L7 concerts, one in Omaha, USA (tracks 2 to 11) and one in Osaka, Japan (tracks 12 - 16). There is no difference in the quality of the recordings between the two gigs, except the notable difference in the crowds' responses: the Japanese really seem to go crazy.
Track 1 is a great surprise: a L7 medley played by an American high school marching band. It is a crazy idea, but it works! "Fast and Frightening", "Drama", "Pretend We're Dead" and "Shitlist" sound great in their new arrangements.
The rest if the album is a surprise, too, as many of the songs have been rearranged for live performance. "Bitterwine" has become even more abbrassive with more aggressive guitar playing and "Non-Existent Patricia" has been changed into an almost unrecognisable version, with some great soloing.
The choices of songs may disappoint some fans, with the emphasis being on "The Beauty Process" (7 out of 15 tracks), but the band have made sure to include two of their greatest songs (and perennial favourites with fans): "Shitlist" and "Fast and Frightening".
The album is a must-have for any L7 fan, as it includes some of the banter between Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner and Gail Greenwood (who replaced Jennifer Finch on bass for this tour), which is all part of the fun of going to a L7 concert. If you've never had the opportunity to see them live, this record is as close as you can get to the experience.