Released: 2007, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
European fans of House of Lords haven’t been spoiled by seeing the band on tour in Europe, but this live album was - as the title says - actually recorded in England when the band was touring England and Greece. House of Lords had a great comeback in 2004 with THE POWER AND THE MYTH after being away from the scene for a couple of years. When this gig was recorded during Firefest in Nottingham every original member was on stage except keyboardist Greg Giuffria.
House of Lords hasn’t shunned their usual melodic hard rock, and they sound rawer and heavier live when compared to this live recording. Even though there isn’t a keyboardist listed, there are keyboards playing on the album but only in a small amount. Lead singer James Christian sounds as good as ever. He has kept his voice strong and solid throughout the years. Another musician worth mentioning is the awesome guitarist Lenny Cordola who contributes heavy riffing guitars that really add depth to the entire House of Lords experience.
LIVE IN THE UK covers 12 tracks, most of which are taken from their 1988 debut album as well as the follow up SAHARA from 1990. From the comeback album there are 3 tracks played: “Mind Trip”, “All Is Gone”, and “The Rapture”. The setlist is strong and it’s definitely a greatest-hits show with all these classics. It seems like everyone on stage is having a good time along with the audience. There is a studio song called “Havana” as a bonus track, which was originally on the Japanese release of THE POWER AND THE MYTH. The only negative thing I can come up with regarding this album is Christian’s chatting in between the songs which sounds like it was recorded in a small tin box. The audience is also put way down in the mix and you can’t hear them very clearly, but credit should be given to the band for not having any cuts in between the songs.
Overall there isn’t much more to say about this live album. If you’re into the band, the lead singer, or this kind of music it’s a great way to spend your money. It’s also the last album with this line-up; at the moment House of Lords is James Christian and Greg Giuffria with new members.