Despite its rather pristine production, NRBQ's Tokyo is a welcome reminder of the group's technical prowess and freewheeling eclecticism. As the first live album to feature guitarist Johnny Spampinato, Tokyo isn't all that different from Honest Dollar, or any of their other live albums. The Q runs through such staples as "Me and the Boys," throwing in latter-day classics like "Little Floater" for good measure. As always, the band is precise and frequently funny. Tokyo isn't the kind of record that will win NRBQ new fans, but for longtime followers, it's a bit of a treat, even if the sound could have been punchier.
Tokyo: Recorded Live at on Air West Tokyo Review
by Thom Owens