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Title - 'Live At Rockpalast 2015' [2CD+DVD]
Artist - Radio Moscow

For those not in the know, one of today’s top blues-rock-psych bands, Radio Moscow, has dug into their archives and unearthed the recently released Live At Rockpalast 2015.

Featuring members singer/guitarist Parker Griggs, bassist Anthony Meier, and drummer Paul Marrone, the 15-track release (filmed on May 18th, 2015) includes fully-cranked versions of all the Radio Moscow classics fans have come to expect hearing on the concert stage; such as 'I Just Don’t Know,' '250 Miles,' 'Broke Down,' 'Brain Cycles,' and 'No Good Woman,' etc.

Formed in 2003 by Griggs in Ames, Iowa, the band has been based in San Diego county, California, for several years now.

Radio Moscow has released four studio albums to date: 2007’s self-titled debut - produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who introduced the band to Alive Natural Sound records, the label that has released the band’s next three albums – 2009’s Brain Cycles, 2011’s The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz, and 2014’s Magical Dirt (the last title being the one that the trio was supporting at the time of this performance’s taping).

And in 2017, the group offered up ‘New Beginnings’ – their first for Century Media Records.

According to the group’s manager, Bruce Duff, the idea behind issuing the performance was a simple one. “MIG licensed it from the Rockpalast company, it’s a big reissue campaign involving numerous artists. Live its louder, more direct, and more open to free-form improvisation.”

CD 1:
1. 'Death Of A Queen'
2. 'I Just Don't Know'
3. 'Rancho Tehama Airport'
4. 'Broke Down'
5. '250 Miles'
6. 'Brain Cycles'
7. 'Before It Burns'
8. 'These Days'
9. 'Deep Blue Sea'

And this stellar concert recording is certain to lead to further accolades bestowed upon the band and kicks off with the searing, Hendrix-esque 'Death Of A Queen,' and backs that up with more of the same on the blistering guitar work of 'I Just Don't Know,' the brilliantly-paced, throaty 'Rancho Tehama Airport,' the foot-pounding, drum-led 'Broke Down,' and then we get the pairing of the lofi '250 Miles' combined with the twisting and turning, psych blues rock sounds of 'Brain Cycles.'

The excellent, near 8 minute fervent blues guitar escapade 'Before It Burns' is pure, unadulterated joy to behold and that's followed by the shredding of 'These Days,' the first disc closing on 'Deep Blue Sea,' a track that spotlights why Griggs is one of the best guitarists of our generation.

CD 2:
1. 'Mistreating Queen'
2. 'No Time'
3. 'Gypsy Fast Woman'
4. 'I Don't Need Nobody'
5. 'The Escape'
6. 'No Good Woman'
7. Introductions
8. 'Frustrating Sound'
9. 'World Keep On Turning' (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]
10. '250 Miles' (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]

This definitive, must-see/must-hear live document of the trio continues onward on the second disc with the blisteringly mind-blowing, near ten minute 'Mistreating Queen' and then slips seamlessly into the fluently paced guitar and drum work of 'No Time.'

Next up is the methodically-paced Blues extravaganza 'Gypsy Fast Woman' which in turn is followed by the guitar fest of 'I Don't Need Nobody,' the harder rock of 'The Escape' and then we get the near nine minute, foot-tappin, arms raised, anthemic pulse of 'No Good Woman.'

After a batch of introductions to the band, which do admittedly take a wee bit longer than needs be, and most likely crafted to enable them all to get a well deserved breather, one assumes, the poundingly rhythmic 'Frustrating Sound' is brought forth, with the second disc rounding out on two acoustic version bonus tracks: 'World Keep On Turning' and '250 Miles.'

The DVD features all the very same aforementioned tracks, plus an Interview with the guys before the show, and an Interview with them after the show.

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Radio Moscow @ Alive Records

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