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Angel - 1980 Live Without A Net (Live)

ALBUM: Live Without A Net (Live)
LABEL: Casablanca
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Frank DiMino - vocals * Punky Meadows - guitars * Gregg Giuffria - keyboards * Felix Robinson - bass * Barry Brandt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tower * 02 Can You Feel It * 03 Don't Leave Me Lonely * 04 Telephone Exchange * 05 Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore * 06 Over And Over * 07 Anyway You Want It * 08 On The Rocks * 09 Wild And Hot *10 All The Young Dudes * 11 Rock And Rollers * 12 White Lightning * 13 Hold Me Squeeze Me * 14 Got Love If You Want It * 15 Feelin' Right * 16 20th Century Foxes


I did own this CD at one point. Why oh why do I get rid of CD's only to regret the decision months or years later? Who knows.. but here I am, reviewing the thing so long after the event. At this point in their career, Angel were nearly on the rocks stranded on the high tide mark. Admittedly, they did have two pretty decent albums to start their career off. But their descent into a hard rock meets power-pop direction for the next few albums was probably the cause of their decline. Public indifference could not shake the bands destiny.

The Songs
Recorded during the 1979 'White Hot' tour, this album was finally released in January 1980. The good thing about it, is that a lot of the material from the first Angel LP plus 'Helluva Band', are included here. Unfortunately, arguably their best track 'The Fortune' is not here, which is a shame. Commercially, this was the last roll of the dice for both the band and the label: Casablanca. Label head Neil Bogart was used to big success with live albums, especially with the double whammy of Kiss with their 'Alive' and Alive II' releases. Listening to this again seems like an exercise in futility. Much of the audience interaction is drawn out and lame. Sorry to say, much of this sounds rather corny 35 years later.

In Summary
As for the reissues, there is one version that fits on a single CD, but has had all the audience reaction removed, which makes for a fairly soulless listening experience. This is probably version I owned.. lol! In later years, the entirety of the concert was kept intact, and therefore it became a 2 CD set. As for Angel's prediction of success for this album in the same vein as fellow Casablanca team-mates Kiss? It ended up being no more than wishful thinking, the band splitting up the following year.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 14 2016 07:55:22
This is a good representation of Angel at their most commercial in a live environment, but for the fuller experience seek out the 'Blowing Great Guns' bootleg that has the full, unedited live show of 78 vintage. The King Biscuit 76 and Japanese tour bootleg are essential to hear Angel at their musical peak.
By the way, the band was denied permission to use the music from 'Ben Hur' that was part of their big grand intro, so that is why it doesn't feature on 'Live Without A Net' even though it was previously issued on the non live 'In Concert' promo album released to radio in 1978.
#2 | Explorer on May 14 2016 09:24:41
I`m with you on that Dave, `Blowing Great Guns` is terrific.
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