I guess that the name of Blaze Bailey has crossed your way one way or the other in the past, so here a short version to tickle your brain: First singer of WOLFSBANE, then two albums with IRON MAIDEN ("The X-Factor" and "Virtual XI"), then his new band BLAZE, with two albums, now "As Live As It Gets", a double live album, featuring 18 songs altogether, 12 of them from BLAZE, 4 from IRON MAIDEN, 1 each from WOLFSBANE and LED ZEPPELIN.
Now let me ask you one question before going into the music itself: Is it really necessary to release a live album after only two studio albums, no matter which bands the singer had been in before? And a double one on top of that? The answer lies within you…
Anyways, "As Live As It Gets" is a good quality effort, recorded at Swiss Pratteln's Z7 and British JB in Dudley, of a tight playing outfit with good songs for sure, in a really good sound, a very good crowd response, so all is good? Well, most of the songs are good to very good, no doubt, the execution, as mentioned, as well, but still, that nagging doubt about the justification of releasing a live album is the thing that bothers me with this one.
But if you can look beyond that, you definitely can enjoy songs like "When Two Worlds Collide", "Steel", "Kill And Destroy", "Silicon Messiah", "Sign Of The Cross" (you can say whatever you want, I love this track!), "Ghost Of The Machine", "Born As A Stranger" or "Tenth Dimension", even I do, as regular not-fan of live albums, mostly because there are no fade outs or anything of the likes on these two CDs, which is a big plus in my book!
Answer the one question I had asked above, and then either add or deduct a point… (Online May 10, 2003)