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Live in Buffalo
Released: 2001, Dirty Dog
This is the release by Canadian Rock legends Helix. Released on the bands own label this is more of a buried treasure for long-time fans than a full blown live offering. In 27 years Helix has never had the opportunity to release a nicely packaged double Live that would truly serve to act as a stabilizing point in a catalogue replete with “Best of’s”, contractual obligations and “Greatest Hits”. I hope they have a chance to do a massive Triple Live CD on their 30th Anniversary with songs from their entire career.
Having said that, I am a long-time fan and this Live show recorded in 1983 pulled from the vaults is truly a treasure. The packaging is a little thin but that can be forgiven due to the fact it is an independent production. There are some cool photos and liner notes as well.
Sonically the tracks kick ass, great sound, great attitude and a great set. It is interesting to hear rarities like, “Everybody Pays the Price” years ahead of it’s debut on a Greatest hits comp. Other cool highlights are the singing on and the rare and unreleased tracks.
If you are a Helix fan this is a necessary release. It has been 9 years since the last studio CD, although the band have been very active with a number of re-issues, semi-live CD’s, a Vollmer solo album, tours and a rarities CD all of which are very cool. Apparently there is a new full-length studio CD on the way in 2002.
This live CD is a great snapshot in time of a great band doing what they do best, cranking it out live for the fans.
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