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CD review ZODIAC "Road tapes Vol. 1"

Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2015 von Markus W. in Zodiac, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) After having released three remarkable studio albums Zodiac from Münster, Germany recorded ten live songs and put them on a new record. The risk with live albums is always that they start to become too perfect by some tuning afterwards. They lose the authentic touch and become boring.

Zodiac is a well appreciated exeption since I have the feeling that the album sounds very authentic. This doesn't mean that the sound isn't good. Not at all. "Road tapes Vol. 1" got an excellent one that shows all the fine details of Zodiac's classic rock based music.

And since the guys love what they are doing you can expect an energetic live recording that contains great songs. Talking about the tracklist, it is a mix of the three records that have been released so far. The highlights are the ten minutes long Neil Young cover "Cortez the killer" and especially the last song on the record, "Coming home". Zodiac obviously enjoys playing live and the guys uses those moments also for variation and improvisation. "Coming home", originally already ten minutes long, got even five more minutes and has partly a jam session approach.

I like "Road tapes Vol. 1" since it contains great songs, performed very tight, with an intense feeling for the moment and with an authentic sound. Live records like this are always worth to be added to a record collection.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Swinging on the run
  2. Free
  3. Holding on
  4. Cortez the killer
  5. A bit of devil
  6. Rock bottom blues
  7. Diamond shoes
  8. A penny and a dead horse
  9. Moonshine
  10. Coming home

 

Label: Napalm Reords

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review ZODIAC "Road tapes Vol. 1"