Tank – Live And Rare – Review


Live And Rare (Soundhouse)
By Martin Popoff

This material’s been issued before, but ‘ere’s the version you ought to buy, as Tank guitarist Cliff Evans has started his own label, launching this as his first release, simultaneous with Murder One by Killers, another band of drunkards of which he was part and pummeled. The first eight tracks present a raw and raucous live set from Germany in ’81, the classic lineup rumbling through their Motörhead-on-a-creative-clip classics, Algy in charmingly challenged form. Next up are three studio demos from ’81, funniest of which is “Blood, Guts and Beer” which find Pete Brabbs still trying to pick through the complicated riff, causing this killer track to be played slower than what would occur on the album. Two tracks live in Germany from ’84 are next, Cliff now in the band, as the guys back up Metallica and smoke the stage with massive versions of “Echoes of a Distant Battle” and “This Means War.” Main shortcoming here: Algy’s croaked vox are mixed way back, although this is somewhat improved for the second of the two tracks. Closing out, we’ve got two from the band live in Japan from way up into ’99. Again, fortunately, like the whole damn disc, it’s two more of the band’s very best songs, “T.W.D.A.M.O.” sounding bold and rock-solid of groove, and “Don’t Walk Away” injecting a thimble-full of perfectly appointed melody into Tank’s fine canon. The booklet adds some pics and full explanations, capping off a swell celebration of one of the NWOBHM’s most beloved bands.