Sunday, 20 November 2011

Alcatrazz - Live Sentence (1984)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: 1984
Label: Polydor

Live Sentence (1984) was the only live album released by Graham Bonnet's Alcatrazz and contains some of the songs performed by Bonnet in his time with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. The live show was based on their previous album No Parole From Rock N' Roll and had the same lineup. According to Billboard, the album spent 16 weeks on the chart and peaked at #145.

Graham Bonnet - Vocals

Yngwie Malmsteen - Guitar

Gary Shea - Bass

Jan Uvena - Drums

Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards

Review by Eduardo Rivadavia

This average quality live recording showcases Alcatrazz on their successful 1984 Japanese tour -- the only country where the band could get arrested. Besides performing songs from their debut album, the band run through a few of vocalist Graham Bonnet's Rainbow-era songs ("Since You've Been Gone," "All Night Long," and "Night Games") and guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen's soon-to-be-released solo work ("Evil Eye"). Therefore, the album is more interesting as a historical curiosity than an artistic statement, as it provides one of the earliest showcases of a young Malmsteen shredding in a live setting. In fact, the guitarist quickly dispels any rumors that the words "restraint" and "economy" were ever part of his musical vocabulary. Malmsteen's attempts to cram every available space with a barrage of notes is both comical and amazing.