July 17, 2022

Motörhead - Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live At Hammersmith (2007)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label Number: BMGCAT374DCD

© 2007 BMG Records
If it was any other band but Motörhead releasing their zillionth live album, they'd certainly be ripe for some criticism, as live albums often reek of "contractual obligation" between band and record company. But Motörhead are the authors of one of hard rock's best (if not the best) live album of all time, 1981's damn near perfect No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, and have logged more road miles than just about any veteran rock act in existence circa the early 21st century. And then there's Motörhead's 2007 double-disc live set Better Motorhead Than Dead: Live at the Hammersmith. Recorded on June 16, 2005 at London's Hammersmith Apollo (unlike the previous live triumph, which was actually recorded at several other venues), the show marked a special anniversary for the group: 30 years since Motörhead first took the stage. Of course, Lemmy is the lone original 'head left in the band's ranks, but the trio continue to soldier on; they're a much-needed, gritty antidote to all the modern-day rock fluff. Lemmy's vocals still sound croaky, the band still thrashes away and continues to push the decibel meter into the red. You can't argue with a stellar set list that focuses heavy on some of rock's all-time classics like ("Ace of Spades," "Overkill," "[We Are] The Road Crew"), as well as oft-overlooked gems ("Stay Clean," "Love Me Like a Reptile," "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.," etc.).

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