VARIOUS ARTISTS – Concert Live Series


How many of you have been to a gig and experienced that “post gig buzz”? That feeling of total euphoria after seeing your favourite band putting on a cracking show is one of life’s finer moments and wouldn’t it be great to capture that moment forever?

It doesn’t seem that long ago when the only option that you had to relive these times was to trawl the record fairs for a tape that sounded like it had been recorded at the bottom of a swimming pool…through a sock!! But hey !!, at least you had a recording of that great show to listen to.

In reality, these bootleg shows were for the hardcore fans only and not for general consumption by the average punter. Now, if only some one could record the gig and sell it to the audience before they left the venue they’d be onto a winner? That’s exactly what Concert Live does.

Concert Live have covered a number of tours including Bad Company, Kiss, Blackstone Cherry and The War of the Worlds in recent months and have just produced a series of shows from the fantastic High Voltage Festival in London in July including the impressive sets from Asia, Marillion, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Uriah Heep.

Within a matter of minutes from the end of the set the live CDs were available to buy from the venue making them the perfect souvenir of the show and with a top-notch sound quality that captures the essence and spontaneity of the gig without the overdubs and polishing so prevalent on “official” live albums.

A recording of the show you’ve just been to certainly beats an oversized T-shirt or a glossy wallet busting programme and enables you to relive that gig again and again. What’s more, if you couldn’t make it to the gig, you can buy a good quality recording of the show from the comfort of your own computer. It’s such a great idea it makes you wonder why it’s taken so long to take off. As more bands and fans realise the benefits of the Concert Live albums you’re sure to be able to pick up recordings of your favourite artists at a gig near you very soon.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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