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Kickass live album by rock queen Lita Ford.,
This review is from: The Bitch Is Back...Live (Audio CD)
Howling guitars, pounding drums and rocking vocals: hard-rock queen Lita Ford is back on stage with a live recording good enough for a CD release, from a October 4, 2012 concert at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills (Los Angeles). The title (and first song on the album) comes from her cover of the Elton John classic that also appeared on the limited edition of her last studio album "Living Like A Runaway" and very much applies (in a good way!) to ultimate rock-chick Lita.
Lita Ford is hard rock royalty, with a career going back to the sexy all-female rock band The Runaways in the `70s and some major solo-hits in the `80s. She has had quite a tumultuous few years, resurfacing from her long hiatus in the Caicos and Turks Islands near the Bahamas and her marriage crashing a few years ago. Luckily, Ford's voice still sounds great after all these years!
This live album has a nice set list, showcasing most of the highlights of her now rich oeuvre. In total, there are twelve tracks on this CD, on which she is accompanied by Mitch Perry on guitar, Bobby Rock on drums and Marty O'Brien on bass. These three men have made their mark by working together with numerous other artists, including Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem and Disturbed.
Five songs are from the great 2012 come-back album "Living Like A Runaway": the title track of this live-album and "Relentless," the Bryan Adams-esque mini-autobiography "Living Like A Runaway", "Devil In My Head" and "Hate", while four songs are from the 1988 album "Lita": "Back to the Cave," the Lemmy Kilmister co-penned "Can't Catch Me," plus her two mega hits "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Close My Eyes Forever," her duet with Ozzy Osbourne, in this case with his part sung by the audience.
The title track of her 1983 solo debut album "Out For Blood" is also included, as is "Hungry" from the 1990 "Stiletto" album. "Dancing On The Edge" is the title-track from her second solo-album from 1984. Significantly, no songs are played from the (flopped) 2009 album "Wicked Wonderland."
The live-album closes with her most memorable hit "Kiss Me Deadly," the song that, way back, was my "introduction" to Lita and one that has been seared into my memory. She performed this song live on Dutch television at Countdown (then THE major music program on TV in the Netherlands) and when host Wessel asked her what "Kiss Me Deadly" was all about, she just grabbed him and kissed him deadly... well, he was still alive afterwards, but you know what I mean (o:
I only have one quibble with this album: according to the booklet which contains a set list of the songs she played at The Canyon Club, some were omitted from this live album... A very curious choice. Now why weren't these included? Maybe copyright issues, as other reviewers have noted. Anyway, this CD is very definitely one for the record collection!