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Lillian Axe always deserved much more success than ever came their way.

It always confused me that Lillian Axe were lumped in with the "Hair" bands of the eighties and nineties. For while yes, some of the band's material did follow the chart friendly blueprint and (of course) they did have hair, but LA were also always an outfit stretching boundaries and offering up deeper, darker musical and lyrical fare than the more crotch obsessed bands of the time.

'One Night In The Temple' is an acoustic (well, electric-acoustic, but hey...) two CD one DVD live album which showcases material from across both periods of existence that the Axe have gone through. It's not necessarily the most obvious choice for the Steve Blaze led band but he and especially singer Brian Jones do a stunning job of reinterpreting songs such as the classy 'Crucified', the atmospheric 'Death Comes Tomorrow' and the thunderous (even in this setting) 'Show A Little Love'  I would have loved to have heard 'Deepfreeze', 'Fool's Paradise' or 'Lava On My Tongue' in this style but overall the set-list is pretty much bang on.

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Vocally, Jones hits the heights, while thriving in the depths, ably being backed by guitarists Blaze and Sam Poitevent whose impressive backing vocals are integral to the success of this album. Original singer Johnny Vines also shows up for takes on early numbers 'Misery Loves Company' and 'Nobody Knows' and it has to be said he does a fine job (unfortunately neither Ron Taylor (who sang on the originals) or Derrick Lefevre, who between them sang on the majority of LA releases, appear), while violinist Andi Bridges adds her obvious skills to 'The Day I Met You', with captivating results.

For the audio version (I haven't been lucky enough to see the DVD), some pruning of the between song chatter would make for a slicker listen and the crowd doesn't always sound as enthusiastic as the performances deserve, but these are small quibbles about an album that highlights perfectly why Lillian Axe always deserved much more success than ever came their way.

Steven Reid

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