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Product: Brand X - Live at the Roxy, LA 1979
Date: 2014-11-19 

Live at the Roxy, LA 1979

This 2013 CD features 71 minutes of dynamic progrock recorded live at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles on September 23, 1979.

The band line-up here is: Phil Collins (on drums and vocals), Robin Lumley (on keyboards), John Goodsall (on guitar), Percy Jones (on bass), and Peter Robinson (on keyboards).

The performers live up to their reputations, delivering a live show packed with even more energy than their studio recordings.

Here, the guitar gets the chance to lead the band with some brilliant pyrotechnics. The riffs are stalwart and nimble, the type of stuff one expects from a master guitarist.

The percussion is hyper and durable, often exhausting in its deliver of pounding rhythms to motivate the audience's dancing feet.

The keyboards contribute a bevy of fluid melodies, undulating with serpentine disposition and spilling through the rest of the instruments like a shower of hot honey.

The bass smolders with ebullience and delightful bite.

One track features lyrical vocals, while another has vocals that are more of a chanted anthem.

Many of these tunes come from the Product album, revealing the band's versatility in balancing powerhouse songs with more delicate, almost floating pieces. One piece offers the performers the opportunity to exhibit their skills in solos. Overall, though, the tunes are high energy and surging with the dazzling gestalt of all the instruments blending into a satisfyingly awesome fervor.

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