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CD/DVD package from German rockers Jaded Heart,

Live in Cologne is a CD/DVD package from German rockers Jaded Heart. Recorded last year on tour with Axel Rudi Pell in support of their ‘Common Destiny’ album, it is a welcome addition to Jaded Heart’s lengthy back catalogue totalling nearly a dozen albums since 1994.

The band were bang on form with ‘Common Destiny’ easily their strongest since Johan Fahlberg took over vocals from Michael Bormann in 2004 and the current line-up, as this package shows, can cut it live too.  The anthemic ‘Hero’ from 2007’s ‘Sinister Mind’ album kicks off in great style, strong powerful vocals full of enthusiasm and energy. ‘Saints Denied’ and ‘Run and Hide’ from ‘Common Destiny’ are perhaps a little slicker and more melodic, but still in perfect fit with the older material.  Jaded Heart are a classic hard hitting rock band, as simple as that: no frills, touches of metal Maiden and Priest, but also plenty of nods to the more melodic rock of Europe and Whitesnake too.  The sound is sharp and clear, a little raw perhaps, but that matters not one jot in the face of a fine performance all round, although Henning Wanner’s keyboards are somewhat overwhelmed in the mix at times. 

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Even though this is a fairly short, support set of just seven songs, the inclusion of a well shot DVD of the night along with interviews, history of the band and a couple of recent promo videos make this a well worthwhile package. It’s probably one of the worst puns I’ve ever committed to print, but I can’t help thinking of the old Fergal Sharkey song – ‘A Good Heart is Hard to Find’…. Here’s one, grab yourself a copy and look after it well.

Ian Parry

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