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Released: 2001, Sanctuary Records
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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