O'Phil - "Live"
Not Bad Records
"ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!?!"
Let's see... yes, yes I am. O'Phil's live disc, although not without
the flaws inherent to a live recording (having to mix on the fly and
whatnot), still rocks like a mofo. This is as close as you can possibly
get to an O'Phil live show without having Alex wagging his tongue in
This disc is a nice change from most live albums. Rather than simply
being a greatest hit collection, this is more of a way for O'Phil to
release a disc of new material without having to throw down cash for
And, yes, the new stuff is worth buying. This is the next logical step
up from Freako Suavé... still the ska rhythms and whatnot, but
with a much more "rock" feel to all of it. There is one song on Live
from Freako Suavé, "Damn Smooth," but it's the oddball, as the
rest are all new tunes or cover songs.
This CD has all the little bits of stage chatter that makes a live CD a
live CD – audience hooting, talking about stuff that really ought to be
seen rather than heard being talked about, telling the audience to give
themselves a hand, etc – clichéd stuff, but still fun
The only real problem with this disc is the sound quality. The horns
are drowned out frequently by the guitars, the guitars by the drums,
and the drums overpower even the vocals. It sucks, but the disc is
still strong enough overall to get past it.
On a related note – to get the best feel out of this CD, listen to it
on a variety of soundsystems. I listened to it on a DiscMan, stereo,
over the radio, and in my truck, and I heard something different every
time. It makes for a more interesting feel, to be sure.
If you can't wait for another studio release, or just want
your own copies of O'Phil doing their crowd-pleasing renditions of
"Down Under" by Men At Work or "Paradise City" by G'n'R, then by all
means, buy this disc.
Then again, no matter what your reason, this one is such a fun listen,
go buy it anyway.
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