Monday, February 06, 2006

LEMMY ‘Damage Case’ review

(Double CD 2006) Castle/Sanctuary Sanctuary Records

There are countless Motorhead compilations and live CD’s out there – many of poor quality, so you’d think yet another one would not be needed. But this is more about Lemmy and his varied solo output plus a few choice Motorhead gems. To be honest some tracks really are for the Lemmy/Motorhead completist only like his early recorded work with the Rockin’ Vicars and Sam Gopal. The less said about the Young and Moody Band’s ‘Don’t Do That’ the better as it features a couple of the Nolan sisters but I guess when you are Lemmy you do what you damn well want! But there are some real gems on here like his guest appearance on the Damned’s cover of the Sweet classic ‘Ballroom Blitz’ – you can easily spot Lemmy’s thunderous bass on this one. His infamous duet with Wendy O Williams on ‘Stand By Your Man’ is one you will either love or hate, whilst Motorhead’s ‘1916’ is a classic and a rare chance to hear Lemmy sing melodically! Highlights for me bar the Headgirl classic ‘Please Don’t Touch’ are the three tracks on here Lemmy recorded with Stray Cats members Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Good, honest classic rock ‘n’ roll, something Lemmy has always loved and of course Motorhead are a rock ‘n’ roll band in his view.
Damn fine compilation for the avid Motorhead fan out there and the rock ‘n’ roll music is the biggest eye opener and enjoyable highlight on here aside from the Hawkwind and Motorhead tracks.


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