As Part of our You Can't
Kill Rock n Roll series we are bringing you some of our past articles on
artists we consider part of the "Best of the New Breed"! So if you missed
your chance to discover these artists the first time we wrote about them,
here is your second opportunity!
This review was originally
published on antimusic.com in June 2000 .
Dave Davies -
Rock Bottom: Live at the Bottom Line
The Kinks were one
of the original hard rock bands. Sure their albums weren't too heavy, but
their live shows were explosive. The man behind that explosive sound was
guitarist and founding member Dave Davies. In 1998 he performed two shows
at New York's legendary Bottom Line which were recorded for posterity.
The result is the 27-track album that showcases Davies crowd-pleasing talents.
His guitar playing is as fresh today as when the Kinks recorded classics
like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of The Night". In fact, Davies
has matured as a guitarist as he continues as one of the most under-rated
players of his generation. Davies also provided the lead vocals. Although
a little a rough at points, his vocals complement the live, heavy feel
of the music perfectly on the two Kinks mega-hits "You Really Got Me" and
"All Day and All of The Night" as well as the sixties classic "Money".
Davies pays tribute
to the music that influenced him and an entire generation of English guitarist
with the smoking blues of "Milk Cow Blues". Another high point of the album
is "Living on a Thin Line" with it's beautifully melodic harmonies. Davies
hit single from the British charts "Death of A Clown" also is a standout.
Very few live albums
live up to the experience of actually being at the show. Rock Bottom doesn't
fall into that trap. Baby boomers who grew up with Davies will enjoy this
live collection. The overall sound is powerful enough to capture the attention
of younger listeners as well. On the Live album scale this CD earns
a 5 out of 5.
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