Tesla - Mechanical Resonance Live

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As the title would suggest, this latest release from California rock veterans Tesla is a full live run-through of arguably their best album, responsible for several of their concert mainstays like Comin' Atcha Live, Modern Day Cowboy, Ez Come Ez Go, and Gettin' Better, albeit not in the original order. However, this album is a bit of a construction, because Tesla have not actually played the whole of Mechanical Resonance live since 1987. Instead, this is culled from multiple shows, which is often a terrible thing, but the editing here has been handled very well, so it sounds like a consistent live set, even though it isn't. The real problem is that it isn't a very good one, suffering badly from a really poor mix with very thin guitars and very harsh, abrupt snare. The only thing mixed well is the vocals, which are up to Jeff Keith's usual current standards i.e. no worse than he's been for years, but obviously not a patch on what they used to be. In truth then, this offers nothing over the studio version at all. There's really no need to hear an inferior live recording of the album when the studio one sounds so good. There's some extra interest at the end in the shape of a new studio song Save That Goodness, but that's also not particularly good; just an ordinary, slightly too cheerful, melodic rock song. Nothing special at all. This is for Tesla collectors only.

Written by Andy Lye
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