Label: Frontiers Music Release: 26th August 2016 Playing Time: 61 min
Tesla, a timeless and one of the most successful Hardrock bands (26 million sold records until now!) celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first album “Mechanical Resonance”. But instead of simply releasing a remastered version of their debut, they went for a live version of it, recording all the songs live in Salt Lake City.
So, the tracklist is obvious but it is re-arranged compared to the original album. The sound is powerful but still organic, just like it should be on a live album. The audience can be heard during the breaks but not during the performance and it seems to be a relatively small crowd, not a big one as expected. So, there is some room for improvement there.
Also the bonus material leaves something to be desired. Instead of choosing some stuff that connects with the main part, e.g. more live songs from the recorded show or some Jurassic stuff, just like old demos of the album, Tesla came up with a brandnew studio track. Written and produced by Def Lepard’s Phil Collen, it sounds like a typical Tesla track but is, in fact, not one of their highlights.
So “Mechanical Resonance Live” is a nice one, especially for fans and people, who want to check Tesla out – but it is not as superb as many other anniversary editions of comparable bands (take Metallica or Judas Priest, for instance).