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W.E.T.: One Live - In Stockholm (2CD/DVD)

Anyone who attended Firefest in either 2011 or 2013 will already know how spectacular the Melodic Rock sensations W.E.T. were on both occasions. However unless you were in Stockholm on the 17th of January 2013 then you won't have been lottery jackpot winning lucky enough to have experienced this band in the flesh and completely on their own terms. One Live – In Stockholm is the 2CD/1DVD document of that night - and what a night it must have been with the amazing ball of energy that is Jeff Scott Soto, Erik Mårtensson having a cheeky boyish grin from start to finish and Robert Säll flitting between guitar, keyboards and backing vocals with supreme ease. A variety of camera angles keeps the action interesting even if the stage is a tight little strip of sweaty moves; the sheer energy and passion from each member of the band resulting in one of the best live albums I've heard and seen in years (especially from a Melodic Rock band). Six classics from the self titled debut album, nine from the, at the time of this show, upcoming Rise Up, as well as four numbers from the bands which provide W.E.T. with their name ably illustrates the superb catalogue these musicians have amassed. Soto is, as ever, in superb voice, whether he be hammering out low notes, reaching for the heights, or simply howling with delight while cajoling and commanding the enthusiastic crowd. Mårtensson backs him ably, taking lead vox when the need (or song) arises, his guitar work creating the spark from which all these songs ignite into life, while Säll provides the rock everything is built on. Special mention also needs go to the rest of the band, Magnus Henriksson (guitar), Robban Bäck (drums) and Andreas Passmark (bass), who all add to this supremely tight, energetic performance, captivating from start to finish.

Unlike most "modern" live albums, the energy, spark and joy on stage at this momentous occasion really comes across here. Old friends "Invincible", "I'll Be There" and "Brothers In Arms" greeted as heroes while "One Love", "Still Unbroken" and "Rise Up" are hailed as the classics they've gone on to become. The Eclipse track "Bleed & Scream" with Mårtensson on the mic hits hard, as does the Work Of Art belter "The Great Fall" where Lars Säfsund of WoA takes lead vocals, whereas "I'll Be Waiting" and "Mysterious" give a timely reminder of just what a great band Talisman were – fittingly "Comes Down Like Rain" is dedicated to Soto's sadly departed Talisman mate Marcel Jacob.

The CD adds two new tracks, "Poison (Numb The Pain)" and "Bigger Than Both Of Us", which are both good enough to grace the Rise Up album (it must have been tough leaving them off), while the DVD offers video clips of "Love Heals" and "Learn To Live Again". However the main event here is the superb documenting of one the few real "occasions" to occur in the Melodic Rock scene outside of Firefest for quite some time.

Put simply One Live – In Stockholm is superb.


CD1
1. Walk Away
2. Learn To Live Again
3. Invincible
4. I'll Be There
5. Love Heals
6. Rise Up
7. Bleed & Scream
8. Bad Boy
9. Still Unbroken
10. Broken Wings
11. I'll Be Waiting


CD2
1. If I Fall
2. Shot
3. Comes Down Like Rain
4. The Great Fall
5. What You Want
6. Brothers In Arms
7. Mysterious
8. One Love
9. Poison (Numbing The Pain) (Bonus Studio Track)
10. Bigger Than Both Of Us (Bonus Studio Track)


DVD
1. Walk Away
2. Learn To Live Again
3. Invincible
4. I'll Be There
5. Love Heals
6. Rise Up
7. Bleed & Scream
8. Bad Boy
9. Still Unbroken
10. Broken Wings
11. I'll Be Waiting
12. If I Fall
13. Shot
14. Comes Down Like Rain
15. The Great Fall
16. What You Want
17. Brothers In Arms
18. Mysterious
19. One Love
20. Love Heals (Bonus videoclip)
21. Learn to Live Again (Bonus videoclip)

Added: February 21st 2014
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Jeff Scott Soto Online
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W.E.T.: One Live - In Stockholm (2CD/DVD)
Posted by Simon Bray, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-02-21 08:54:28
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This is a short review of the One Live – in Stockholm album as I haven't had access to the DVD so wonderfully described by Steven Reid above. With all the talent on stage it would be very impressive of this wasn't an excellent document of W.E.T live. Unsurprisingly this is a fabulous album loaded with great songs from the careers of the key protagonists, my favourite is "Bleed and Scream" from the Eclipse disc of the same name. In an ideal world I'd have liked them to have included "Battlegrounds" from Bleed and Scream but we can't have everything can we? If this isn't the best live album of the year then somebody is going to release something very special indeed.



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