SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS: A Dog Day Afternoon: CD

Sometimes some things come across better in a live forum than they do in the studio. Case in point, the last Slaughter and the Dogs studio album. I loathed it, all its overblown sound and ‘80s glam metal trappings besmirching the name of a band I once respected. And then Todd left this in my mailbox. This is a surprisingly good live album from these veterans, sporting good sound and spirited performances from all involved. Even the tracks off that last album are, at the very least, tolerable here, and the versions of “I’m Mad,” “Where have all the Bootboys Gone,” and especially the cover of “Who Are the Mystery Girls?” are top-notch. There may still be some life left in the old dog after all, although it might be a good idea to keep it out of the sterile confines of the studio and let it snarl instead in the clubs, where it belongs.

 –jimmy (TKO)