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Tesla
Replugged Live
October 2001
Released: 2001, Sanctuary Records
Rating: 3.7/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Tesla are back! One of the best hard rocking bands from the late 80’s / early 90’s have returned with a 2 CD live set featuring some of their best material chosen via polls on the band's own website.



This two CD set marks the return of TESLA, a band that has not released a studio album since 1994’s BUST A NUT. I can still remember the day that came out, and buying it at the local CD store. Same with the previous albums: 1992’s PSYCHOTIC SUPPER, 1990’s FIVE MAN ACOUSTICAL JAM, 1989’s GREAT RADIO CONTROVERSY, and the choice pick from their discography - 1986’s MECHANICAL RESONANCE. Enough good things can’t be said about MECHANICAL RESONANCE. The songs from that album are still the ones that shine to this day and are the best live cuts on REPLUGGED LIVE!!! Disc one has the majority of the ass kicking songs like CD opener “Cumin’ Atcha Live” complete with the guitar solo intros, a killer “talk box” solo in the middle of the song before the actual song’s double leads. This song is easily one of the best things these guys have written form what is easily their best album. If you’ve never heard this band, that is the CD to check out!! Following up the opener is another from the same album, “EZ Come EZ Go” – another great classic Tesla song! Other highpoints from disc one include “Changes” which creates a dreamy floating effect for me with the guitar riffs reminded me of stuff I’ve listened to at 4am on headphones many times. When the main riff cuts in from the verse…awesome! Who say’s hard rock can’t have lots of fucking power!! I’m not usually one to get all excited about a hard rock band like this, but Tesla are the exception for sure! Perhaps because they are more then simple rock and because their guitar players can totally RIP IT UP!! The track “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights” is another highlight on the first disc with it’s memorable chorus. Disc two begins with another of Tesla’s better songs – “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out).” The slide guitar in this one contains the best slide playing the band has ever done including the insane slide solo. The rest of disc two is not quite as ass kicking as disc one..perhaps a slightly better song selection might have helped a bit. The CD closes with the song “Modern Day Cowboy” which along with “Cumin’ Atcha Live” are my favorite two songs by Tesla. The major song missing from here that I love is “Yesterday’s Gone” which is an upbeat intense song for Tesla…much better then the other songs from that album which put them on the map “Love Song”….I could do without that one I think! The only criticism I can make of anything else on here is probably with “Hang Tough.” The song is played really well but Jeff’s vocals are straining a bit and it makes him sound like Cartman from South Park. But for the most part his vocals have not changed. He also exhibits the Cartman effect on the song “Edison’s Medicine” from disc two. Not a big deal, I’m just happy that these guys are back together!!



Lets hope that this reunion of Tesla is not just one where the boys get back together and tour around to play the good old songs to us old fans. Let’s hope they are going to write a NEW album and tour in support of that album…then it will truly be “getting better” everyday! Until then, check out REPLUGGED LIVE with 2 CD’s of ass kicking and a cool booklet filled with lotsa live pics.
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Tesla
Replugged Live
October 2001
Released: 2001, Sanctuary Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

A friend of mine calls Tesla his "guilty pleasure". Well, I agree but I have felt no guilt about enjoying this laid-back, melodic, hard rock band since 1986. Tesla after reforming a year ago hit the comeback tour trail in 2001 and the result is this well produced 2 CD, 20 song, live set. This recording offers everything it needs to reintroduce the band after several years absence. All the hits are in place, sterling production, and calibre musicianship. The packaging is great too, tons of photos, liner notes, a little tribute to Tesla himself and fan club info. The songs are all well done in the fashion we have to come to expect from Tesla. Herein lies the problem...this disc and safe and well...boring. It offers none of the features that make a Live CD special. It has only one unreleased tune. The song line up is almost identical to the Tesla "Best of" that came out in 1995. Why not throw on a few studio bonus tracks? Or some covers? or some rarities? They have at least 6 rare B-sides that would have fit nicely on this disc. The songs are reproduced live faithfully yet the selection was pedestrian and predictable...seven cuts from the debut but only one tune from the underrated Bust A Nut!  There is very little banter in between songs. I have a feeling that Sanctuary wanted a nice "safe" disc to reintroduce the band and they got it. Having said that, despite being a big Tesla fan (and I'm delighted to see them back in action) this Live CD lacks the necessary ingredients to put in the elite category of live CD's. Check out the May 2001 edition From Hell's Heart to read the staffs views on what makes a truly great Live CD. A great trip down memory lane, but nothing more.
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» Replugged Live
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» Replugged Live
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» Into the Now
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Into The Now
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» Real to Reel
by Celtic Bob

» Real to Reel 2
by Celtic Bob

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