"Live in Tokyo 2017" (Frontiers Music SRL; 2019)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I have a unique experience in reviewing music that I will share with you now: My editor, R. Scott Bolton, gave me some music to review and one of them was the Graham Bonnet Band's "Live in Tokyo 2017." I had never heard of the band--never heard a cut, nothing, nada, zip. So I start to listen to the album and what I hear is a loud, late 80s early 90s rock'n'roll sound.

But this was the first I've ever heard of the band, this live recording. So here I am, with zero experience with this band, and I have got to write about what I think. So here goes: "Live in Tokyo 2017" features some high quality music: well-rounded, well thought-out and with a nice hard edge. This shit has a backbone, plenty of charisma, fire and whatever other word you want to use to describe really good music with a ton of presence. This shit is alive and very fun to listen to.

Everyone knows that a live recording is a showcase of the best any band has to offer. Since I did not know any of the band's music, I had to listen very closely to make an evaluation based on that live sound alone. And I intentionally didn't research this CD before I listened because I wanted to go in fresh. As of this writing, I do not know very much about this band at all but one thing I can say is that they really kick ass live. "Live in Tokyo 2017" has everything a great live CD needs: solid music, a lively performance and a great soul. If a band has soul, it has everything it needs.

Editor's note: I love the fact that Snidermann went into this recording without realizing that Graham Bonnet was who he is. It gave this review a fresh perspective it might not have otherwise had. And, for the record, congratulations to Graham on his induction to the Heavy Metal Hall of Fame.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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