Suzi Quatro

Live & Kickin'

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Recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, in June 1977, Live & Kickin' is the closest we have yet got to vintage live Quatro. True, it's still two or three years too late for fans of the classic Suzi Q, but the full 14-song set is here, complete with between-song chatter, and a closing blast that rounds up "Can the Can" and "Devilgate Drive" (the only major hits on display), "Roxy Roller" and "Tear Me Apart" before ripping into a phenomenal "Keep A-Knocking." Elsewhere, her take on Steve Harley's "Make Me Smile" reminds us just what a terrific interpreter she is, while "Heartbreak Hotel" is as atmospheric as it ought to be. A great album, then, despite any reservations you might have about its original timing, and a reminder of just what a powerful performer Quatro was.

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