Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CD Review: Newly Released Live Albums From John Wetton And From The Warlocks

British singer/bassist John Wetton was a pinnacle part to bands like King Crimson and Asia, while also touring and recording on his own music for over 30 years. Sadly, on January 31st, Wetton lost his battle with cancer, but before his passing, he approved selections from his back catalogue to be re-issued in the near future. One of these new re-issues is his 1996 live album "Akustika: Live In Amerika." It featured Wetton on an acoustic tour, performing songs from his solo catalog, as well as songs from Asia and King Crimson. This new release titled "Akustika: Live In Amerika & Akustika II: Return To Amerika" is a 2CD set that includes a remastered version of his 1996 "Akustika" and along with an unreleased acoustic shows from 2005.
 
Both sets contain the well-known Wetton anthems like "Heat Of The Moment," "Voice Of America" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes." In this acoustic setting, you can fully appreciate clarity in Wetton's vocals and how beautiful his songwriting is. The new live addition from 2005 sounds more intimate as it may have been recorded in a smaller theater setting. Wetton also tells some tales about the songs he is performing and seems to really enjoy this acoustic setting. This new release is a great testament to the artist and performer that John Wetton was. To find out more about his new re-issue "Akustika: Live In Amerika & Amerika II: Return To Amerika," please visit cherryred.co.uk.
 
Los Angeles psych-rock band The Warlocks recently release their first ever live album titled "Vevey!" It features 16-tracks from through out the band's 17-year career and was recorded live at Rocking Chair in Vevey, Swizerland last year. The album starts off with the band's signature drone rock sound on "Red Camera" and the steady guitar-infused trip-out of "Isolation." The band only touches upon their latest studio album "Songs From The Pale Eclipse" with two songs, the buzzing grunge-feel of "Only You" and the more laid back alt-rock of "Lonesome Bulldog." The Warlocks finish off their new live release with the punk-like energy of "Caveman Rocks" and the rhythm-fueled set closer "Zombie Like Lovers." To find out more about The Warlocks and their new live album "Vevey!," please visit thewarlocks.cleorecs.com.

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