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Mechanical Resonance Live
Released: 2016, Frontiers Records
There has been a huge amount of great live albums released in 2016, so I thought I would close off the year by reviewing a few of the more recent ones in a mini-feature. So, sit back, grab a warm beverage and feel free to enjoy live tunes by Night Ranger, Tesla, In Flames, and Saxon.
It’s become quite trendy to play complete albums live these days, with many rock and metal bands mining their beloved back catalogue to drum up interest in their shows. It’s not necessarily a bad thing when the album in question is worthy of the attention, which brings me to the hard-working rockers in Tesla. They’ve deicide to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of their debut album’s release with a live performance of MECHANICAL RESONANCE in full.
I’ve been a fan of the band since the debut and having experienced the energy they put forth live, I was pretty psyched to hear this album. A perusal of the track list shows that, for the concert, the band chose to mix up the album’s running order; presumably for a better “live” flow. Kicking off with the blazing “Rock Me to the Top”, the band whips through all 12 cuts from the album, closing with the band’s anthem, “Modern Day Cowboy”.
As good as the studio album is, Tesla is a live band and these versions breathe a whole new dynamism and life into the songs. Even a slow-burner like “Before My Eyes” takes on a more meaningful tone from the stage. How? By the band doing what they do and kicking ass of course! Tesla’s line up stability and professionalism has always been beneficial to them as the band has gelled into a machine the emits nothing but good vibes and energy. Jeff Keith leads the proceedings with his scratchy, world-weary vocals while Hannon and Rude trade licks and solos over top of the unstoppable rhythm section of Wheat and Luccketta. Yes, I had to mention the whole band. What can I say? It’s a great performance of a great album that will surely please the band’s fans.
As a bonus, the album includes a new cut, down home easy rocker “Save that Goodness”, a song written and performed with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen. It’s right there in the Tesla comfort zone and fits perfectly in their song canon.
What more d’ya want? A kick ass band performing a kick ass album where they shine: on stage. Get it.
1. Rock Me to the Top
2. EZ Come EZ Go
3. Getting’ Better
4. Comin’ ‘Atcha Live
6. Before My Eyes
7. 2 Late 4 Love
8. We’re No Good Together
9. Love Me
10. Cover Queen
11. Lil’ Suzie
12. Modern Day Cowboy
13. Save that Goodness
Jeff Keith: Vocals
Frank Hannon: Guitar
Dave Rude: Guitar
Brian Wheat: Bass
Troy Luccketta: Drums
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