Spear of Destiny

Live at the Forum: London '88

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The plethora of live Spear of Destiny recordings begins to approach saturation proportions with the release of this, a souvenir of the band's very last days of life. Thirteen songs hit all the expected high notes, but the tension and dynamics that leap out of earlier concert discs is sorely lacking here, even when the band launches into the songs what would ordinarily set you whooping -- "Once in a Lifetime," "Young Men," and "Liberator." Even "Westworld" sounds a little down at the heel, while material from more recent LPs just doesn't pack the sparkle that once made a Spear gig so memorable. Fans and collectors will of course need this disc. But anybody just wondering what all the fuss was about would do better to travel further back in time for their first taste of the magic.

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