Takasaki (Guitar, Chorus)
Niihara (Lead Vocal, Guitar)
Yamashita (Bass, Taurus Pedals, Chorus)
Higuchi (Drums, Gong)
> Yeah, baby... I'm on a roll now. Hot off the heels of the Earthshaker
20th Anniversary DVD acquisition, I have what is surely one
of the best available concerts from Loudness. This
disc contains a live performance in Toyko, which was originally released
in December of 1983 (on videotape), and re-released just this year on DVD.
Included are 13 live songs and a basic track select menu.
> The fact I was able to buy this DVD is a matter of being at the right
place at the right time. Columbia records just released this DVD
version in March of 2005, right when I was spending time searching for
Japanese music DVD's. Although this concert sounds (and looks) good,
it would have been really nice to see a complete compilation with the remaining
tracks from the CD album of the same name.
> I would rate track #6, "Exploder~Heavenward", my favorite of this concert.
There's nothing better than watching Akira Takasaki (figuratively)
rip his guitar to shreds. Since "Road Racer" is my
favorite (included) song with lyrics, I've decided to add a .wmv clip below
to give you some idea of Loundess' excellence. All
the songs are worthy nonetheless. Twenty two years later, It's kind
of odd to see the lead singer, Minoru Niihara, with makeup
on -- something of a metal-culture look in the mid 80's. I do like
the choice of leather and studs, though. My only complaints are the
simple menu system (par for the course, I suppose) and a lack of extras.
Now, "Heavenward" I shall go...
> The DVD version of "Live-Loud-Alive" was recorded just before
the golden-age of Loudness, which spanned from 1983-1985.
The only concerts that could possibly be better would be from the Disillusion
or Thunder In The East Tours.
The Japanese import doesn't come cheap, while Ebay is drenched with DVD-R's.
Make sure to check out the video clip below from "Road Racer"...
Theme Of Loudness Part.II
Racer | .wmv clip 5.52MB
Far From Mother Land