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Pell, Axel Rudi - Knights Live (8/10) - Germany - 2003

Genre: Power Metal
Label: SPV
Playing time: 110:01
Band homepage: Pell, Axel Rudi

Tracklist:

Disc 1:
  1. Edge Of The World
  2. Nasty Reputation
  3. Tear Down The Walls
  4. Medley: Masquerade Ball-Casbah-Drum Solo-Stargazer-Casbah
  5. Follow The Sign
  6. Fool Fool
Disc 2:
  1. Carousel (Including Keyboard Solo)
  2. The Clown Is Dead
  3. Call Her Princess
  4. Snake Eyes
  5. Warrior
Pell, Axel Rudi - Knights Live
Axel and friends release their second live album which packs a lot of punch on two small discs. The band is just as tight and sharp as on their studio products. As you can tell, for two CD's there is only 11 tracks. These songs are over 5-12 minutes and contain one 30 minute medley. I must say that I would prefer more tracks than extended versions of songs that we have already heard. What will we get out of these that we haven't got out of the studio versions.

"Edge Of The World", "Nasty Reputation" and "Fool Fool" are sure fire hits that are alive and kicking with AXEL'S sharp guitar playing and Terrana's furious drum work. The songs performed here are in the 5 plus minute range, but hold up well just like the studio versions. The medley of "Masquerade Ball", "Stargazer" and "Casbah" with the drum solo is ok, but just drags on after a while. The drum solo is good, but I have heard Terrana tear it up much better elsewhere. The solo just sounds like what everyone else has done in the past. Perhaps Mike was getting tired. I have no idea.

We don't hear anything extraordinary, but we get superb performances from everyone in the group. The one thing I can say about Axel unlike other solo artists is that he gives his guys a chance to share the spotlight and show the crowd what they possess. Kudos on his part there!

This an entertaining live album in the long run, but if the band has this same product on DVD which he does, then I prefer to watch it and hear it rather than just listening to it. (Online April 3, 2003)

Joe Florez



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