Album #482 – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith
No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith chronicled the tour that followed the release of Ace of Spades. Contrary to popular belief, it was not recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London but, at many venues throughout the UK. The album compiles the best of those shows and also presents Motorhead as a great live act along with creating magic in the studio. Motorhead has quite a bit of power for a three piece band and No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith demonstrates that. The live album has it’s fair share of tracks from Ace of Spades including: the title track, (We Are) The Road crew and the Hammer. The crowd loves every moment of it and, like Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous, makes the album even better. The centrepiece of the album is Lemmy. The bassist and lead singer introduces each song with his trademark growl and has a voice that is just as strong live as on record. This is definitely one of the best live albums ever made and is now in my top 10 for best live albums in rock. Other highlights include: Stay Clean, Metropolis, Overkill, Bomber and Motorhead. Overall, I give No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, 5 out of 5.
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