Live All Access
DataReleased June 2013
Genre Melodic Rock
N of discs 1
Edition date June 2013
Label No Brakes Records
Reviewed by Marc 'Lazy Rocker' Schneiders
English rock singer John Waite is truly one of the best classic rock acts around. He had huge success as lead vocalist with his bands The Babys in the late 70's and Bad English in the late 80's and early 90's. And as a solo artist, he scored a #1 hit in the United States with "Missing You" in 1984. John Waite already released 10 solo studio albums. With this album "Live: All Access" the man is releasing his third live album.
On this self-produced affair, that comes out from John's own “No Brakes” label and seems to be available for the time being exclusively at his shows or at his website on CD and online from iTunes, there are 2 things that you notice at first sight: only 8 songs and nothing of the man's greatest hits (maybe except for "Change"). With even half this live album's tracklisting coming from his last studio album "Rough & Tumble" (2011), it is obvious John is not living in the past. And btw "In Real Time" (2010), John's previous live album, already contained most of his well-known classics.
With the first tones of the album you immediately forget what you noticed at first sight. Opener "Change" from John’s debut “Ignition” is quite an energetic way to start this collection followed by the grittier melodic rocker “Better Off Gone”. "Raw, no overdubs or bullshit" is how Waite has described 'Live All Access'. Well, he told the truth! The beautiful ballad “If You Ever Get Lonely” (recently covered by country rockers Love & Theft) captures that "live on stage" feeling very very well.
"Head First" takes you right back to The Babys in their prime, coming from the band's 1979 hit album of the same name. First time I "met" John was when the Bad English ballad "When I See You Smile" got heavy rotation on MTV. However, there are no Bad English songs included on this album as, unfortunately for me, John seems to be not proud of this part of his career at all.
In “Live: All Access” fans are treated to what seems to be live performances culled from Philly Sound, obviously in Philadelphia, PA and Palace Theater in Manchester, NH. With the addition of guitarist Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper/Pretty Boy Floyd) alongside drummer Rhondo and Tim Hogan on bass John's No Brakes Band sounds as tight as never before while John's powerful but also vulnerable voice is crystal clear and still hitting every high note. just listen to the guitar driven “Mr. Wonderful” or the emotion-tickling ballad "In Dreams", taken from the 1993 movie soundtrack "True Romance". Great performances!
The nasty “Evil” from “Rough & Tumble” and uptempo rocker “Saturday Night” with great guitar solo makes you want to hear more. Well, John mentioned, he might be doing more of this kind of releases every eight months or so, if it proves to be a popular purchase. So head over to John Waite’s website or to iTunes and get this release ASAP...!!
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