For most people my age with some familiarity of rock history, Michael Des Barres needs no introduction. The man is a music legend in motion fronting some classic rock bands including Silverhead, Detective, and the Duran Duran spin off, The Power Station, and currently his own band. He's also a working actor appearing in numerous television shows and movies since the Seventies. Get more details at Wikipedia.
Last year Des Barres returned to his rock roots with the well-received Carnaby Street, an album of blues based classic hard rock. Hot N Sticky Live takes its name from one of the songs from the album. This set, excepting some oldies and a Detective song, Detective Man, is mostly songs from the studio album.
As live albums go this one has a decent if not raw sound. Something intentional on Des Barres's part, I would imagine. Des Barres, now 65, has a raspy rock voice. His rock, as mentioned, also spins between being gritty and razor sharp, while it drips with Delta blues. The opening Carnaby Street and Hot N Sticky likely define his musical roots and direction of the album. He also does an interesting, grizzly, cover of The Supremes' Stop! In the Name of Love, basically wrestling it to the ground with his rock riffs. Later, in medley, beginning with his My Baby Saved My Ass, another razor sharp rocker, Des Barres mixes in a Humble Pie version of I Don't Need No Doctor and Marc Bolan's Get It On. If anything, Hot N Sticky Live is an interesting listen, and maybe more than a small walk down the memory lane of Seventies blues rock.
Hot N Sticky Live is an interesting listen, and maybe more than a small walk down the memory lane of Seventies blues hard rock.
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