STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 741-1292 LABEL: Spark SK7107 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 1999-06-18 RRP: £14.67
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
American rockers Three Crosses have already gathered a reputation for straight ahead live performances of Springsteen proportions. The band frequently play for three hours with no opening act and you get a taste of this on this live album recorded at the Dutch festival. Drawing from material across their three studio recordings, this turns out to be a greatest hits recorded live and the band are in full throttle. Singer Steve Pasch is the ideal frontman, cajoling the crowd to jump up and join in, it's clear that the Three Crosses live experience is fully participatory. But that doesn't take into account those quieter moments when songs like the newish "I Have Never Seen The Wind" come over so well. For me, I just love it when the band get into a groove and boogie so "Get Down" and "Getting Ready" both do it for me. Especially the latter's extended guitar frenzy! You also get a couple of Three Crosses classics with a slightly more upbeat version of "The Stone Was Rolled Away" and the rock'n'roll thrill of "Michelangelo". Old fashioned? Yes! But then these guys cite a pile of British '70s rockers as influences so what do you expect, apart from a rollicking rock'n'roll time with guitars cranked high and plenty of bluesy feel! You've got to catch Three Crosses live!
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