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Another Perfect Album,
This review is from: Another Perfect Day (Audio CD)
Oooohhhhh how this LP got slated when it first appeared in 1983. And now? Well to these ears it's as raucuos and enjoyable as anything else Motorhead had done prior, but perhaps a bit more ..er..tuneful! Following hot on the heals of No Sleep Til' Hammersmith and Iron Fist, it was always going to have it's critics though. Brian Robertsons' chorus heavy guitar playing is stamped all over it which I think gives it bags of character and a quality all of it's own.
'Top Notch' shouts Lemmy at the beginning of 'Back At The Funny Farm' and off we go with a barb wire on fretboard bass intro. Class stuff and classic Motorhead. You then have the single 'Shine' (which kicks off with a punkesque beaut of a guitar riff) and personal fave 'Dancing On Your Grave', which has melody and power galore. (Bearing in mind that Motorhead are not meant to be played below Vol. 11! Go and listen to Judas Priest if you want armchair metal!). Other high points here are 'Rock It' and the other single release 'I Got Mine'.
Disc 2 is a live performance by this short lived line up and is nothing short of excellent. Everytime I play it I wish I had been there. Listen to the guitar playing on the top drawer cover of 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and you'll see what I mean. The well documented 'musical difference' and other problems with Brian Robertson aside, this sounds like a band approaching the same arena from a slightly different angle. Fast Eddie Clarke was obviously a hard act to follow but to have the individual approach that you don't have to copy what your predecessor has done before, as employed by Robertson, it was quite a bold move.
In a nutshell, the production is a bit more polished than previous LPs, the guitarist liked to wear cycling shorts on stage and Motorhead fans jumped ship in droves. Listen to it with hindsight and make up your own mind. They released a few less innovative LPs after this baby, believe me. And if you still have your reservations don't worry about it. As Lemmy said 'You got yours, and I got mine'!
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2010 23:27:12 BDT
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Posted on 23 Sep 2010 20:03:42 BDT
Very good review and I must say this is one of my favourite Motorhed albums and I personally couldnt have cared less as to what Brian Robertson was wearing,the guy is simply a fantastic guitar player and his contribution here on this great album and along with his time with Thin Lizzy and Wild Horses is a pleasure to the ear.Wonder why hes been so quiet with recordings?
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