MR. BIG - Songs 2010-2017
SCORE - 75%
Such is the love of Mr. Big in Japan, that in the absence of new material, the label must conjure up a fill-in release. Given that the recording history of the band going forward is under a very big cloud, I’m not sure what the labels will do. Surely with the Big Box, the band’s archives and live tapes have been well and truly tapped out.
On ‘Songs 2010-2017’, the label covers material from the band’s post-reunion era – taking a selction of songs from the trio of albums What If… (2010), …The Stories We Could Tell (2014) and Defying Gravity (2017).
Nothing really there for the die-hards, but the limited edition version of this compilation comes with a bonus live CD, taking the 16 studio cuts from the A-disc and replicating them in a live format.
That’s obviously a more appealing premise, but here’s where the bad news arrives. The cuts are “official bootleg” quality at best. This is going to be for real die-hards only. Coming from various sources and hell-bent on matching the A-disc sequence, the live versions are wildly differing in quality, from below average to barely listenable.
Another one for the die-hard Mr. Big collector (that’s me), and while it is cool to get a snapshot of the band’s live gigs in Japan over this time, its not a disc you are going to crank to soak up the best of these awesome musicians.
Its a shame this and the 2018 ‘Live In Milan’ release are both struck by such poor live sound. The band (and the fans) deserve better.