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Well Oiled Machine
on 7 January 2013
Only two studio albums in and we already get a live offering...is this down to contractual obligations or has Chickenfoot already run out of ideas?
Either way, this is not a bad offering at all, and shows a well oiled band going through it's routine in a workmanlike way...but, and I didn't think I'd ever have to say this about musicians of the quality that these guys are - where is the soul, that little bit of magic that makes a concert a magical experience? For sure Satriani is on a tight leash (as he always has been within the confines of Chickenfoot) although he does make his presence felt and Hagar sings as only Hagar can while the rythmn section of Anthony and Smith put in a more than decent anchor to hold the sound altogether - and the recording is pretty decent too, but nonetheless, this still doesn't grab me by the throat from first to last as I thought (and expected!) that it would. So, doubtless, this album will not be spending a great deal of time in my player - maybe time will make me think differently, but usually, my first impression is the one that lasts
AC/DC's "LIVE AT RIVER PLATE", Led Zep's "CELEBRATION DAY" and even Joe Bonamassa's "LIVE AT BEACON THEATRE" all have the "hackles up on your neck" magic but sadly this album does not - but then for the price, I am not moaning too much.