10cc

From the Front Row Live

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A relic from the early days of DVD-Audio marketing, From the Front Row Live is actually a straightforward lift from 10cc's regular King Biscuit Flour Hour live album and, aside from requiring a DVD to play it on, seems and sounds absolutely indistinguishable from its CD counterpart. Of course, a mid-'70s live radio broadcast tape probably isn't the ideal medium on which to experience DVD-Audio, so it's maybe unfair to castigate this release for that. But the manufacturers were surely aware of that fact too, so maybe the words "beware" should not stray too far from our lips. All that aside, of course, this is a tremendous release, alive with all the charm, energy, invention and eccentricity that ranked among the band's greatest attributes, together with a one-stop guide to 10cc's early greatest hits and bits. The boogie-licious "Rubber Bullets" is almost worth the price of admission alone, but you won't want to miss the gizmo-led "Old Wild Men," a moody "Somewhere in Hollywood," and even an hysterical "Donna." 10cc's reputation is often said to be built upon the perfection of their studio recordings, and that is true. But they were a sensational live act as well, and here's the proof.

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