CD / DVD Review: Motorhead – The World Is Ours Volume 2
Yep it’s that time again, where Motorhead release another live album. The thing is, Motorhead’s live albums are ALWAYS kick ass. Of course you inevitably get similar tracks to the last one, apart from a few new ones as each studio album is released of course. The point of a live album though, is to chart the band’s course through history. You can go back over Motorhead’s vast catalogue of live albums, and pinpoint exactly where the band were at that point in time.
So what do we get on this album? Subtitled, “Any Place Crazy As Anywhere Else” this live album gives you three live sets, from three different concerts. The DVD and the album have the same track listing, but of course, the album doesn’t offer Motorhead in 5.1 Dolby Digital, or the visual impact of the DVD, complete with the trademark “Bomber” lighting rig at Wacken Open Air festival. Motorhead were recently honoured by Wacken Open Air by the way, as the band to have played there the most times, and such is their fan base, they keep getting invited back. So included here are sets from the aforementioned WOA festival 2011, Sonisphere UK 2011, and Rock In Rio 2011.
The first words uttered on this album are “We are Motorhead, and we play rock and roll” which I guess is kind of an understatement. Motorhead have kept the same formula for some 30+ years, which is play it as loud as you can. They have been unrelenting in their assault on the world’s ear drums, and there is no country in the world (I would guess) that hasn’t heard of them. Lemmy, whether you like the guy or not, is a living legend, and the epitome of the rock and roll lifestyle.
Also included on the DVD, is a little feature at Wacken Open Air, entitled “The Adventures Of Mick and Rob, Two Super fans” which gives an insight into the festival from the fans point of view. They meet the band, and a few other guys too. Most notable of which, is Rudolf Schenker who hails Lemmy as “An original heavy metal priest” which again, I don’t think anyone could argue with.
So, is this then, the definitive Motorhead Live album? Of course it isn’t, EVERY Mototrhead Live album is the definite article. There is nothing on earth like a Motorhead live show, and I doubt there are many things that are louder. This is another marker in Motorhead’s world domination, as one of the loudest, most respected bands in the history of rock and roll. Yes, it’s business as usual, but Motorhead don’t do things by half, they put everything into a live show, and give their fans exactly what they’ve paid for.
If you’ve not got a Motorhead live album, and are thinking of getting one, then this, being the most recent, is as good as any that have gone before (although my personal favourite is still No Sleep Til Hammersmith, simply because…. well it just is, ok?), and as a stand alone album, it’s not a lot different to any of the others. That said though, for the fans of Motorhead all over the world, this is a piece of history. There’s NOTHING like getting a live album out in front of your friends, and playing it to them, and after their minds have been blown, you say “I was there” with a smug grin that only those who know what I’m talking about will have worn.
Whether you like Motorhead or not, there is no denying, that they are a British institution, and along with Saxon, and Iron Maiden, they have kept the Union Flag flying loud and proud. Yes they may be older now, but Lemmy and the guys can still knock the stuffing out of anyone, and chew up and spit out all pretenders to their rock and roll crown. Should you buy this album? Yes I believe you should, because if you don’t, Lemmy will find you, and he will kill you, and it will be slow and painful.
They are Motorhead, and they play rock and roll.