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The Michael Des Barre Band

Hot N’ Sticky Live

Review by Gary Hill

I like Michael Des Barres. I’ve liked him as long as I can remember, all the way back to the Detective days. This live album is pretty cool.The transition from track to track is abrupt. Perhaps that’s just my copy, though. It kind of takes away from the live experience, though. Still, this is a good set, if you take it track by track.

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Track by Track Review
Carnaby Street

Part punk, part classic rock and all cool, this is a tasty number. The performance is tastefully raw. I’m reminded of Mott the Hoople in some ways on this thing. It’s a great tune and a great way to start the set in style.

Your My Pain Killer
A slower tune, this has a really great groove to it. The sound is quite classic rock in nature and it’s not as raw as the opener was.
Hot 'n Sticky
The lyrics to this are full of double entendre. The cut is a great classic sounding rocker. A frantic, harder rocking jam almost takes into a space rock meets Zeppelin approach.
Stop in the Name of Love
Des Barres and company tackle this old Motown hit. They put in a rocking version that’s quite tasty.
Please Stay
Here we get a slower tune that’s a real old time rock and roll number. I love the slide guitar solo and gospel vibe later in the piece.
Detective Man
A hard edged bluesy guitar based rocker, this is another with a real classic sound. The instrumental section is smoking hot and features some great jamming.
Little Latin Lover
The punk vibe returns on this killer rocker. There is a bit of a parental advisory on this one.
My Baby Saved My A**/ I Don't Need No Doctor / Get It On
The closer is medley that’s almost ten minutes in length. It starts with a punky, hard edged and raw rocker. Then they fire out into a smoking hot version of the classic “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” It’s still a bit punky. It’s also very cool. The old T-Rex song gets a raw hard rocking arrangement here. After working through that cut, they bring it back to “I Don’t Need No Doctor” to take the piece to a dramatic buildup that serves as the conclusion.
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