Everyone's other favourite English rock band Thunder triumphantly returned from a self-imposed hiatus with new album Wonder Days in 2015, notching up their highest chart placing for decades and playing some of the biggest headlining shows they've ever had, which must mean it's time for yet another live release. This bumper set, including two shows plus a DVD, is of outstanding quality, but in truth adds very little to the catalogue. The first disc is the electric set from a session the band did at RAK Studios in Hamburg at the request of their record label to provide additional b-side and bonus material. The following day they recorded an acoustic set for the same reason. The electric set is just an unedited run through of the Wonder Days album, plus a few of the bonus songs and covers. The audio quality of the session is incredible, virtually as good as the studio album itself, which is both its strength and its weakness. It really offers nothing over the studio version. The renditions are so accurate, they lack that spark of a live performance. The acoustic session, being kept for a possible future release, would have been unquestionably more interesting, especially given the inclusion of this set's second disc, the small show at the Brooklyn Bowl in London, half of which has already been released on a Classic Rock Magazine cover CD. Eight songs from the RAK disc are repeated here, plus all the usual hits present on every other Thunder live album. Again, there's nothing new or out of the ordinary here. The DVD has the same problem. It contains their six-song set from the Loud Park Festival in Japan - also destined for a limited edition vinyl release - video of seven songs from the RAK session, and six from the Brooklyn Bowl. Basically, lots more repetition. The quality of all of this stuff is superb, but absolutely none of it is necessary - especially after the deluxe edition of Wonder Days already included a live album. This should have been held off until a full show from the Wonder Days tour could be recorded for release, with the acoustic RAK session as a bonus disc.Written by Andy Lye
More: 2016, Hard/Heavy Rock, Live Albums, Live DVDs, Quickplay Reviews, Thunder
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