Various - Live At The Strand (import)

Sunday 1st February 1998
Various - Live At The Strand (import)

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Bulletproof

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Reviewed by Rod Lobaugh

Recently a number of labels have done their best to beet up the image of the Christian influenced alternative past. Alternative Roots tributes to a few greats like Mark Heard and Mike Knott. and a handful of other releases have run the gauntlet, all in honour to a music scene that was ignored through most of its early stages. Continuing that trend, Bulletproof Music has issued an attempt to grant some creditability to Christian-influenced alternative music in Atlanta. "Live At The Strand" is a collection of live performances cataloguing the brief history of a Christian music club inhabited by the occasional legend and a number of independent bands over the course of about three years. The majority of the tracks come from bands either currently signed to Graydot or Bulletproof, or have released an album on one of those labels in the not so distant past. Of course, only three or four could possibly be considered of legendary stature. Mortal fans will find much reason to mourn in even greater agony. Anyone who views Fold Zandura as a cheap mockery to the former industrial strength that was Mortal will despise the acoustic gem "June First" performed by Mortal. The song showcases the extraordinary talent behind the powerhouse of Mortal, and now underneath the glitz and electronics of Fold Zandura. More legendary status comes by way of L S Underground, though the same track. "Rocket And A Bomb" can be found on another Graydot Records sampler. The Prayer Chain also make an appearance, as does Third Day. With a passionate medley of 'Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" and "With Or Without You". Third Day supply what is easily the most anointed and significant track on 'Live At The Strand". Some added variety comes courtesy Of My Friend Stephanie, who bludgeon their way through The Posies' excellent "Flavor Of The Month", However, the great controversy and excitement come at the end when a menagerie of the members of Piltdown Man and Luxury perform an excellent cover of AC/DC s "Back And Black". This little ditty helped get "Live At The Strand' banned in many Christian bookstores, adding more legendary status to the album than any of the performances found within.

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