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Roadmaster - 1989 Live + 5

ARTIST: Roadmaster
ALBUM: Live + 5
LABEL: RDM Records
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Stephan 'Mac' McNally - vocals * Rick Benick - guitars * Michael 'Bones' Read - keyboards * Toby Myers - bass * Bobby Johns - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Doesn't Mean A Thing * 02 Higher, Higher * 03 Ride The Wind Away * 04 Circle Of Love * 05 Say You Wanna Be With Me * 06 Hey World * 07 Sweet Music * 08 Cry Just A Little Bit * 09 Here I Am * 10 Indecision * 11 The Girl Most Likely * 12 Let Your Love Go

A flashback in time for one of AOR's most loved bands, Indianapolis' pride and joy Roadmaster. With a history that goes way back into time, this album is an epitaph of 7 live favourites plus 5 additional tracks recorded live in a studio in 1989, some years after the band retired. Perhaps along with Angel, Morningstar, and Starcastle, our boys in Roadmaster are the best examples of mid seventies melodic pomp rock, with a truckload of keyboards in the mix. The line up was stable all the way through their career, and some of their work was exceptional. In todays era though, a lot of what they've done probably wouldn't sit that comfortably with the modern rock audience, however a lot of what the modern audience listen to wouldn't sit that comfortably with readers of this site. So I guess we're even.

The Songs
It's great to hear the band in a live environment, and some their classics given the treatment. Imagine then we get workouts on songs such as 'Higher Higher' complete with synth bombast, as well as that glorious intro to 'Say You Wanna Be With Me'. Also their staple concert anthems in the shape of 'Sweet Music' and the fabulous 'Hey World'. As for the studio tracks, Roadmaster are obviously sounding more modern than their seventies days, and comparisons can easily be made to latterday versions of Shooting Star and Head East, so it gives you an idea as to where they could've headed had they continued as a band.

In Summary
In other musical lives and careers, both Rick Benick and Toby Myers have played with Henry Lee Summer and John Cougar Mellancamp respectively, while Bobby Johns did a stint with country-rockers Exile. Roadmaster suffered a tragedy recently with the passing of Steve 'Mac' McNally from cancer during 1998. There was a concert that was held just prior, setup as a fundraiser for him and his family. However, the memory of Roadmaster and their contribution to the melodic rock landscape remains assured.

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#1 | Nick C on August 23 2008 13:51:11
This is a neat little release - it's nice to hear songs you've known and loved given the live treatment and the band are on form to be sure. Macs voice seems to have mellowed a little by the time this was recorded but he still has great pipes.
The studio tracks add even more to this little treasure trove - the band following their more radio friendly than pomp tinged approach. Fave track is probably Here I Am
#2 | Jez on October 13 2008 20:02:32
Just managed to blag a copy of this off evil bay for a steal - big thanx to Nick for pointing me in it's direction, as I have been after this for a good while now. And a great little disc it is aswell. The live tracks sound great, but I especially wanted this for the 5 studio tracks,which are all excellent, although as Nick says, more Radio orientated than previously.
#3 | sabace on January 03 2012 19:10:53
I recently aquired this cd and a copy of the dvd and I think the soundtrack to the dvd is better than this! I know they are from the same gigs but the mix on the cd has taken the crowd out and moved the bass and drums up - the material is excellent as usual - this sounds like soundboard
#4 | reyno-roxx on January 04 2012 07:53:05
I used to think that this CD and the DVD were from the same gig, but in fact the CD was from the 1989 reunion tour and the DVD from a second run of shows in 1993.
#5 | gdazegod on January 04 2012 20:23:23
Dave is right. There is no connection between this 1989 CD and the 1993/1994 video, recently reissued by Retrospect.
#6 | sabace on January 06 2012 18:42:45
thanks for the update - my mistake the info is on both cd and dvd!
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