Motorhead - _Everything Louder Than Everyone Else_
(BMG/CMC, 1999)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
This double-CD, two hour, 25 track live album comprises a single show the band played in Hamburg, Germany, in May 1998. It is faithful and powerful and, though you have to swap discs, recreates the feel of a concert well, because it has the continuity of being recorded on one single night. I think if you saw Motorhead on this tour and you wanted a "souvenir", _ELTEE_ could be a good choice of trinket, but for the rest of us it is a question of whether you want a Motorhead live album and whether you want -this- Motorhead live album. The advantage of this live album is that you get material spanning most of the band's career, from Clarke/Taylor era classics like "Overkill", "Bomber", "Orgasmatron" and, of course, "Ace of Spades", to later notables like "Killed by Death", "I'm So Bad, Baby I Don't Care", and "Born to Raise Hell". This is an advantage if you are interested in later Motorhead material and may be the only thing which makes this worth getting if you already have _No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith_, the bands number one charting live classic. Nearly every song is well performed, capturing the live power the band are famous for, and the setlist is one I have enjoyed listening to. Overall, I find it hard to know whether to recommend this; it is cool and gives you the chance to hear Motorhead rocking like only they can, but then again it is a live album and I wonder whether you wouldn't be just as happy rocking out to the studio albums of theirs that you already have and saving yourself X amount of cash. If you don't own any Motorhead albums and want a selection to begin with, I would recommend _ELTEE_ to you as a good place to start; my Slayer initiation was with _Decade of Aggression_ and this is a similarly representative sample to begin with. I would point out though that if you are only interested in the band's classic line-up and the material that was produced by it, you'd be better off with _NSTH_, and you get the selfsame three individuals cranking out the tunes too.

(article published 19/5/1999)

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