Live on Mars: London Astoria 1997


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Live on Mars: London Astoria 1997 Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Back in 1997, just as they were releasing their second album 1977, Ash were popular enough to headline five consecutive nights at London's Astoria. Live on Mars: London Astoria 1997 celebrates this stint -- and, by proxy, the 20th anniversary of 1977 -- by cherry-picking 18 highlights from these concerts. Ash seem brash, bold, and very, very loud as they charge through the barbed hooks and sunny melodies that characterized their earliest pop-punk. Where 1977 spotlights the songcraft of Tim Wheeler, Live on Mars captures Ash's exuberance, and that's enough to make this album seem like something more than a nostalgia trip.

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