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Tommy James - 'Live! At The Bitter End, New York' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/a4/4c/b0/2353_tommyjamesliveatthebitterendnewyork_1339870039.jpg Hot

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Excellent live album-

Over recent months reissue specialists Angel Air have spruced up much of legendary Rock ‘n’ Roller Tommy James output with bonus tracks and in depth liner notes. One such release saw Tommy’s most recent studio release - 2006’s ‘Hold The Fire’ packaged together with a live DVD titled ‘Greatest Hits - Live! At The Bitter End, New York’ and whilst the studio disc of that pairing was a solid effort, it was easily outshone by the excellent DVD that accompanied it, making this CD version of that same performance all the more welcome.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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For those not in the know, James is one of the true troopers of the Rock scene having weathered over five decades in the music business, during which time he has penned, or performed some of the most recognisable hits the music charts have seen. Thankfully, this energetic set from the mid 90’s not only finds James in fine voice, but also showcasing the firm favourites he has been associated with through his own hits and over 300 (yes 300!) cover versions of his songs. Such classics include the catchy Rock-lite of ‘Hanky Panky’ and ‘Crimson And Clover’, but also the more Rock friendly ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ (my brother still talks of 80’s teen sensation Tiffany and her chunky sweater!) and ‘Mony Mony’ which Billy Idol made his own.

Much of this album is of the easier going variety, but great songs are great songs and I have to say that this is a disc that not only do I enjoy, but one that my whole family from my daughters to my in-laws enjoy, showing that truly great song writing is timeless - a word that describes much of the songs and performances on this excellent live album.

Steven Reid

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