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Clean Your Clock
Released: 2016, UDR
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
Motörhead have been a favourite of mine since the late 80’s when I first saw “Killed By Death” and “Ace Of Spades” on the Power Hour. I was fortunate enough to witness them live back in ’88 when they opened for Alice Cooper. The gig was so memorable that Lemmy mentions it in his book. I was set to see back to back shows in 2011 but fate intercepted and I was involved in an accident and couldn’t make the shows so that show in February of ’88 was my only live Motörhead experience. Thankfully, through numerous releases on DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and LP I can still hear them almost live in the comforts of my media room.
As we all know the band is no more. BAD MAGIC was the swan song and it had topped my list of greatest albums of 2015. Now we are over halfway through 2016 and we get treated to this excellent double LP set of the band on their final tour.
Quality-wise you couldn’t ask for better. The LP’s are flat and quiet. I just did a quick dry brush before playing them and that was sufficient. There was no surface noise, pops or crackles. Perfect pressing on grey marbled vinyl. The gatefold cover is of matte finish and comes with a slipcover and is housed in a resealable plastic sleeve. The LP’s themselves are in thin cardboard inner sleeves. That is the only downfall as poly-lined paper sleeves would have been preferred. Personal preference? The gatefold itself when opened has a pop-up of the band live on stage which is pretty cool.
The music is what you’ve come to expect and love, it is pure Motörhead. Recorded over two nights in November of last year it documents the final days of the band. Even though Lemmy was sicker than most of us knew, he still gave it his best and it shows. His sickness hardly stopped him from delivering. He tried not to disappoint us fans and CLEAN YOUR CLOCK is a testament to that. The setlist is a solid mix of old and newer material with the staples alongside the one new track from BAD MAGIC. That is the only complaint on the music, only one track from the last album. It would have been preferred to have a couple more slipped into the set but again, personal preference?
This double LP is highly recommended. If you are a Motörheadbanger then this is essential. ALL fans of the band either die-hards or casual need to own this LP. It is a document of the final days of the loudest band on earth. That said, I must now go and order the Blu-Ray of this.
2. Stay Clean
4. When the Sky Comes Looking for You
5. Over the Top
6. Guitar Solo
7. The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
8. Lost Woman Blues
9. Rock It
11. Doctor Rock
12. Just 'Cos You Got the Power
13. No Class
14. Ace of Spades
15. Whorehouse Blues
Lemmy - vocals, bass
Phil Campbell - guitars
Mikkey Dee - drums
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