Kip Winger and crew recently released a new live double disc set showcasing their most famous tunes. Live (recorded during a 2007 tour stop in California) is on Shrapnel Records and features these songs:
Blind Revolution Mad
Easy Come, Easy Go
Your Great Escape
Rainbow In the Rose
Right Up Ahead
Reb's Guitar Solo
You Are the Saint, I Am the Sinner
Rod's Drum Solo
Headed for a Heartbreak
Can't Get Enough
Who's The One
Blue Suede Shoes (acoustic)
I honestly don't have much to even say about this double disc set because it's just so darn good. Of course, if you've ever seen Winger in concert you know the band is a really tight group of true musicians. Reb Beach sounds awesome here and Kip's voice is particularly strong. I want to believe that this album is basically raw - there doesn't seem to be a lot of studio fixes. I've always been of the opinion that a live album should be just that, but I know a lot of artists disagree and "patch" mistakes via Pro Tools and other recording techniques.
My favorite Winger song is "Down Incognito" and I really love hearing the song live. The bass line is top drawer - it's so good here it makes me remember why I fell in love with Kip Winger in the first place (and yes, the good looks don't hurt!).
I do have a criticism: "Spell I'm Under" is missing. "Spell I'm Under" is one of Winger's best songs, and Kip performs it wonderfully during his solo gigs. That song error aside, the Live release is well worth 15 bucks. The crowd is definitely into the show and that seems to help the momentum throughout the set. Did I mention Reb Beach wails? My Glam goodness...you don't even need to listen to his solo to appreciate his talent. The guitar solo during "Headed for a Heartbreak" stands up as one of the best of the entire Glam genre - and he nails it here.
I seriously have nothing else to add. Trust me - you need to buy this album. I typically hate live releases, but I've listened to this album about 20 times now - and I've had the CD for exactly one week.