A 4CD boxed set of Motörhead’s infamous NO SLEEP ’TIL HAMMERSMITH live album was just released. What could be any better for such an iconic records (apart from a deluxe 7LP version)?
This four disc set is the definitive version of the album, hands down. Previous versions do not compare. This is the full monty, as it should be. Since my copy arrived yesterday (29.6.21), it suffices to say it has been playing non stop ever since. I will do my best (albeit rushed) to give you all the quality review that this release deserves.
Disc One is the classic album that we all know and love, with three songs from soundcheck tacked on at the end. This is the one we all cranked up on our ghetto blasters back in the day. The sound is exactly as I remember, just a little better sonics. Unfortunately my CD copy has gone MIA so I am going on memory and for an old guy like myself that may not be good. haha. It is still as raw as I remember with no studio touch ups like so many “Live” albums suffer from. This is the real deal, warts and all.
Disc Two and Three are the Newcastle shows while Disc Four is from Leeds. All of them are equally as enjoyable as they are extremely similar shows. They sound slightly less polished than the original album. Maybe they did a small bit more polishing to the sound of the original release? Whatever was done works as the energy of a Motörhead show has been captured. As you listen you can visualise the band playing on stage. Exactly what you want from a live album.
Package-wise this collection is nicely done. The four discs are housed inside a hardcover book in plastic dvd-like trays. The book is filled with extensive liner notes which I look forward to reading shortly and photos. The book is placed inside a box along with a replica poster, ticket stub, pin and other goodies.
NO SLEEP is what the neighbours will get once you purchase this bad boy as you will be cranking it up to max volume on your HiFi. I highly recommend getting this set. I am looking forward to getting the 3LP version that comes out on the 9th. I just wish the vinyl version was a seven or eight LP box with all the same content as this four CD set. It would look fantastic on top of my record shelf next to ’79 and ACE OF SPADES boxes. Either way, I cannot wait to spin those records very soon.