|Mike Tramp Rock N Roll Alive||Ulftone Records|
Mike Tramp is rounding off the most recent chapter in his career with this double live release which was recorded in Denmark recently.|
His latest tour has been in support of his solo album More To Life Than This and this live set reflects that, with several tunes included from that album. Also included is some memories from recent times and the past – tracks are gathered from both other solo albums and from Freak Of Nature and White Lion.
I hate polished live albums, I love them raw, dirty and truly live…but at the same time, I hate albums that sound badly mixed or don't represent the artists true live sound. Thankfully this album straddles the fine line between those two opposing sides and represents what every good live album should sound like.
This is a perfectly captured club gig – at Copenhagen's legendary Pumphouse Club - with an enthusiastic crowd in attendance and well oiled band on the stage.
The recording is obviously quite stripped back and unpolished and missing the studio tricks of the original versions, but replacing that is a raw energy that brings the songs to life in a fresh new way.
Tramp fans will already be familiar with the tracks. They are performed in a pretty stripped, loose fashion, with a few bits and pieces changed as the songs are delivered.
In particular, I think the most inspired performances are evident on If It Ain't Gonna Rock, Falling Down, Mr. Death, I Won't Let Go, Better Off and the White Lion tracks Wait, Little Fighter and Broken Heart. Also included is an extended cover of Rocking In The Free World which features a cool tribute to some other classic rockers and a good solo version of the White Lion ballad When The Children Cry.
In my own personal opinion I would have liked to have seen another couple of tracks from the Recovering The Wasted Years album included, as that is definitely the best album of Mike's career. Otherwise, the track listing is pretty flawless.
I do have to say something about the CD cover. After two really good packages from Mike, this cover is a little underdone!
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