Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Live” (2009)

brmcliveWe’re big fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the Life in the Vinyl Lane household, so we were stoked to find a vinyl copy of the band’s 2009 double album Live.

Now, let’s get something out of the way right up front. I don’t write negative reviews on Life in the Vinyl Lane. If I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. Artists work hard on their music and I have no interest in taking a shit on someone. But I will occasionally be critical. And this is one of those times. Because about 15 seconds into dropping the needle on Live, Mrs. Life in the Vinyl Lane said, “this sounds flat”. And she was 100% right. I know live performances present their own challenges, but if you’re going to make the effort to put a live show onto vinyl, I’d hope you could get a better mix than this.

That being said, it’s still BRMC, and the songs are killer. The slow burn of “666 Conducer” just smolders. The set list in general is killer, as this is post-Baby 81 / pre-Beat the Devil’s Tattoo BRMC, which to me is the band at their peak – it’s practically a greatest hits collection with tracks like “Weapon of Choice,” “Ain’t No Easy Way,” Berlin,” “Red Eyes and Tears”… their catalog was deep at this point, and Live pulls in all the big hitters. And you kind of get used to the flatness so that it sort of fades into the background.