Best Live album 2017 : TYKETTO – Live From Milan (2017)
End of the year / beginning of 2018, it’s time to recap about the best 2017 releases, by category.
While many people aren’t fans of live recordings, this one is pure melody gold.
Released tomorrow October 13 via Frontiers Music under the title “Live From Milan 2017” on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, etc, the recording captures TYKETTO‘s presentation at the Frontiers Rock Festival IV with the band performing their stunning debut ‘Don’t Come Easy’ entirely, plus 3 extra songs.
Tyketto’s debut album ‘Don’t Come Easy’ is considered a landmark release among melodic hard rock albums of the late ‘80s / early ‘90s. While the band has continuously put out quality recordings over the years, fans and critics alike hold the debut album in especially high regard.
So, it was with great pleasure that after releasing the band’s most recent studio album, ‘Reach’, Frontiers invited Tyketto to play Frontiers Rock Festival IV in Milan, IT to not only play tracks from more recent releases, but to play ‘Don’t Come Easy’ in its entirety to an adoring audience.
With a line-up comprised of founding members vocalist Danny Vaughn and drummer Michael Clayton Arbeeny along with guitar wizard Chris Green and TEN keyboardist Ged Rylands, Tyketto co-headlined “Day 1” of FRF IV and blew the roof off with their performance of this classic album from back to front (yes, back to front, not front to back).
There’s 3 extra songs in ‘Rescue Me’ (from sophomore “Strength In Numbers” in 1994), ‘Dig In Deep’ (from “Dig In Deep” in 2012) and ‘Reach’ (taken from the latest 2016 release), this stunning performance captures all the greatness of Tyketto.
The abnd put out a show stopping set that brings back the glory of my personal favorites like the kicking ‘Seasons’ or the heart breaking ballad ‘Standing Alone’, reflecting both contrast yet outstanding catchiness inherent in both these songs that I still listen to to this day.
Of course, the international crowd flocking to Milan here seem to also share that view (judging by their rapture) which in turn fires the band to belt out these numbers in precision style and passion of their own.
Some of the best moments arrives with the anthemic emotion of ‘Burning Down Inside’ with the crowd singing along to Vaughn’s own soulful highs as well as those heavenly guitars, and by the time the band hit ‘Forever Young’ I am in tears, with memories and joy flooding through uncontrollably.
Given the primo sound quality, “Live From Milan 2017” is an absolute must for any Tyketto fan along with any Melodic Rock / AOR lover seeking a top notch live release this year.
It’s simply impossible not to recommend.
01 – Introduction (Live)
02 – Sail Away (Live)
03 – Strip Me Down (Live)
04 – Nothing but Love (Live)
05 – Walk on Fire (Live)
06 – Lay Your Body Down (Live)
07 – Standing Alone (Live)
08 – Seasons (Live)
09 – Burning Down Inside (Live)
10 – Wings (Live)
11 – Forever Young (Live)
12 – Rescue Me (Live)
13 – Reach (Live)
Danny Vaughn – lead vocals
Chris Green – guitar, vocals
Ged Rylands – keyboards, vocals
Chris Childs – bass, vocals
Michael Clayton – drums, percussion, vocals