EDDIE & THE HOT RODS
Billed as “the last official ‘Live’ recording, from Barrie Masters and the band in their prime”, this is the supposedly “unreconstructed, warts ’n’ all performance” of Eddie & The Hot Rods’ show at Southpaw, Brooklyn, NYC. Interestingly, liner notes in the digipak mention that this is as much of the performance “we could fit onto this top quality piece of vinyl”… hmmm... simultaneous vinyl release and they never bothered amending the notes for the CD? Previous vinyl release and the notes not updated for this CD reissue? Is there now more stuff on the CD due to the greater capacity of the format over vinyl? Who knows.
Bottom-line - it’s an energetic, gritty, punk ’n’ roll set that does, indeed, as advertised, seem to capture The Rods in their prime. And it all sounds magnificent. Resonant, live, and mastered at a volume loud enough to surely satisfy all fans of the band, you won’t have to crank up that knob to eleven to start feeling the force of Masters and co’s performance. Loaded with the “hits”, plus a bit of bonus Steppenwolf to finish, ‘Born to be Wild’ seems like a semi-autobiographical statement… at least for Masters’ live persona.
Press blurb states “Eddie & The Hot Rods were a phenomenal live band”. Based on this recording, I’d tend to believe that a 100 per cent. Interestingly, they’re back out on the road next year (a rescheduled set of dates from 2020), in memory of their fallen frontman, who sadly passed away last year. If they can still deliver the level of energy and fun to be heard on ‘New York: Live’, then it’ll be one for the diaries for all Rods aficionados out there.
NEW YORK: LIVE
Review by Mark Holmes
4th September 2020
1) Teenage Depression; 2) I Might Be Lying; 3) Quit This Town; 4) Better Without You; 5) Telephone Girl; 6) Life on the Line; 7) You Should Have Been There; 8) The Power and the GLory; 9) Why Should I Care Anymore; 10) Stepping Stone; 11) Bad Time Again; 12) High Society; 13) Hard Drivin Man; 14) The Kids Are Alright; 15) Gloria; 16) Do Anything You Wanna Do; 17) Get Out of Denver; 18) Born to be Wild
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"...energetic, gritty, punk ’n’ roll..."