My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: No Sleep ’til Hammersmith is the first live album from Motorhead. The album was recorded over three shows in March of 1981 and released in June of the same year. It was originally intended to be a double album, but bad sound at one of the shows left them with only enough songs for three sides.
What I think: I’ve never been a huge fan of live albums, I usually like the studio albums better and they often feel like cash grabs to me. This album surprised me though. It’s a really good sound and the momentum is huge. They just keep pummeling the crowd with their Thrash-Metal-Rock sound. It manages to surpass the already energetic Ace of Spades. The songs in other cases branch out a little leaving room for tight solos. My favorite songs here are “Stay Clean”, “The Hammer” and “Capricorn”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Like most live albums, it may not be necessary, but it is enjoyable. I’ll give it a pass.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (374/492)
Amount that are new to me: 76%
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