Live All Over The Place
3/4/2005 - Review by: Vinaya Saksena
King's X: Live All Over The Place - Metal Blade Records - 2004
Well, perhaps having heard comments floating around about the curious lack of live material in their catalogue, King's X oblige the fans like a psychic Santa once again. Okay, so now that the long-awaited live album is finally here, how does it measure up? Well, having caught the band on tour (sandwiched between the more traditional metal fare of Dio and HammerFall), I can say with some authority that "Live All Over The Place" is a fairly accurate depiction of a King's X show today. The liner notes reveal that the album was recorded from the sound board, over the course of several tours, by one Jay Phebus. And I really gotta hand it to the guy: Crank it up, in fact, and you begin to feel like you're in the front row. An extensive full-color booklet, crammed with live shots, reinforces the "I was there" factor, making this a great tour souvenir for those who were there, and a good primer for those who weren't.
With twenty five tracks over two discs, there's plenty to digest here, which is both a blessing and a curse; blissful for the diehard, but a bit overwhelming for the casual fan. At the front end of disc two is an "acoustic" set, but in the loosest sense of the term, since bassist/ vocalist extraordinaire Doug Pinnick appears to have remained plugged in for the duration of this nifty, but perhaps mislabeled event. Ty Tabor's guitar, meanwhile, sounds clean and jangly on these tracks, but by no means acoustic. But like the rest of the album, its all fun, energetic, uplifting and endearingly quirky, so what the heck. Further praise must go to Pinnick, Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill for their trademark vocal harmonies, which manage to remain dead-on most of the time, despite the absence (I think) of studio gadgets to polish them up. Guitar tone is a bit muddy in some places, but when you tune down (as these guys were doing before it became cool), I guess that is bound to happen a bit. Anyway, rejoice, King's X fans, for the long-awaited double-live extravaganza is at hand. And its good.
Note: Check out Doug's groovy and totally appropriate social commentary during "Believe". Something tells me he must have recently seen Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine".
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