MOTHER’S FINEST – Mother’s Finest Live [2014 CD reissue]
Some of you fellow readers requested MOTHER’S FINEST cult classic albums in a remastered form. “Mother’s Finest Live” captures the band at its finest, energetic flare, a group which belonged to the stages. This album never was remastered, however the sonic output of this Steamhammer / SPV recent reissue is great.
Riding a wave of success of the band’s studio albums ‘Another Mother Further’ and ‘Mother Factor’, “Mother’s Finest Live” went gold, recorded while the group’s heavy touring opening for the likes of Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, The Who, Aerosmith and AC/DC.
Apart from the Mother’s Finest Live hits you’d expect like “Love Changes” and the indeed incendiary version of “Fire”, on “Mother’s Finest Live” there are some heavy funked-up 60s rock covers: “Somebody To Love” and Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride.”
Throughout, the band finds its balance between hard rock and funk, which is particularly welcome on the Factor numbers (“Watch My Stylin'”).
Since they stick to the high points of the catalog (“Baby Love”), and there’s some nice audience interplay (“Give You All The Love”), this is probably the place to start with the Mother’s Finest.
Yes, it’s not common to recommend a live album as starting point to anybody who doesn’t know a band, but “Mother’s Finest Live” should be an exception, ‘cos Mother’s Finest really, really rocks here, a disc that truly showcases the incredible intensity of this killer band.
01 – Somebody To Love (Live)
02 – Fire (Live)
03 – Mickey’s Monkey (Live)
04 – Give You All The Love (Live)
05 – Baby Love (Live)
06 – Magic Carpet Ride (Live)
07 – Love Changes (Live)
08 – Watch My Stylin’ (Live)
09 – Don’t Wanna Come Back (Live)
10 – Can’t Fight The Feeling (Live)
Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy – lead & backing vocals, percussion
Glenn Murdock – lead & backing vocals
Gary “Moses Mo” Moore – guitars
Mike Keck – keyboards, synthesizers
Jerry “Wyzard” Seay – bass
Barry “B.B. Queen” Borden – drums, percussion