Live! At The Bitter End, New York
TOMMY JAMES & THE
SHONDELLS Live And On Fire (SJPCD345)
retaining the original pop qualities you'd expect from Tommy it also has a
harder side...The DVD has Tommy delivering a hit-packed set to a New York
...The real treat...is the previously unavailable live show on DVD...Once again
Angel Air Records have amazed me with another release that is o-so-close to
being a top scorer...9/10
...compared to a lot of the nonsense that is put out in the name of
unadulterated pure pop fun, the power garage drive of James and his gang takes a
hell of a lot of beating.
James' voice and songwriting are captured well enough to realise that live this
man will have the room eating out of his hand...
Anyone who might have written Tommy James off as a '60s phenomenon should give a
listen to just how well he brings the '60s into the new millennium on the Hold
The Fire album...Angel Air does the reissue/repackage thing among the best...
Whilst 'Hold The Fire' is a strong album, 'Best Of - Live at The Bitter End' is
a different proposition altogether, with Tommy and his updated Shondells giving
a fabulous performance of his greatest moments for a small, but hugely
enthusiastic club audience.
Mixing a number of styles, the album has an overall '80's soft rock feel to
in all Live And On Fire is well put together package that delivers a more than
decent bang for your buck ... one cannot deny the fact that Tommy James And The
Shondells made their mark back in the earlier days of rock 'n roll by writing
timeless songs that are still being heard to this day on various different radio
formats all over the world. If you're a fan of Tommy James and The Shondells
then you're going to want to pick this one up, and you'll be happy to know that
Angel Air has more re-releases of his scheduled for 2011.
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS Live! At The Bitter End, New York
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.
The good people as Angel Air have released a string of interesting Tommy James re-issues during the past few months, but this infectious live set is far and away the most appealing offering that they've been involved with to date.
Kevin Bryan (Hucknall Dispatch, Kidderminster Shuttle)
Threatening on paper to capture less of a career-defining moment and more like the sounds of barrels being scraped, it proves testimonial to a timeless tunesmith once Tommy James gets onstage...As rendered by the maturing man himself at NY's intimate Bitter End, the '60s pop standards and psychedelic cuts make the audience scream like schoolgirls despite the years, and make obvious what inspired so many later greats.