Pretty Maids - It Comes Alive (Maid In Switzerland)

Pretty Maids - It Comes Alive (Maid In Switzerland)

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(2CD&DVD, Frontiers, 2012)

One of the biggest prides of Denmark and the Scandinavian region in general is back with its first visual offering in 30 years of career. PRETTY MAIDS achieved platinum status in the 80s and even if they were dropped by many fans in the years that followed they did not rest but on the contrary worked hard in order to come up with only good-plus releases after their commercial breakthrough. I can imagine little bands enjoying the full support and praise of both Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands; this Danish outfit surely is on top of the list.

Recorded and filmed in Pratteln, Switzerland, “It Comes Alive” captures nothing less than the exciting PRETTY MAIDS onstage profile - and I’m talking about the double audio disc, since the DVD was not made available for advance review. The sound is fat and great, the vocals or Ron Atkins strike hard and - guided by the sharp hands of Ken Hammer - the musicians do their best to present what the band stands for: melodic hardrockin’ Metal the ‘crossover’ way few outfits have succeeded in the history of Rock music. I really can’t wait for the visual disc, to be honest.

The setlist is essential too; with some songs off the band’s latest nice “Pandemonium” album, PRETTY MAIDS do honor the vast majority of their classic discography. Hence, with the first part holding mostly newer tunes and the second one flirting with the 80s hits, the quintet shows no mercy and…it’s a complete two-hour set we’re talking about damn it! Everything seems to be right and in place. I bet the Swiss fans had a blast that evening.

Needless to say, the DCD/DVD package is a must-buy release for all of PRETTY MAIDS’s enthusiasts. In addition, younger fans that have not yet come across this splendid outfit have a first class chance to start off with a seductive offer. Hell yeah, I’m thrilled a band like this is still around kicking ass!

8/10 


Links:

www.PrettyMaids.Dk
www.MySpace.Com/PMaids
www.FaceBook.Com/PrettyMaids
www.Twitter.Com/PMaids


Tracklist:

CD1
01. Pandemonium
02. I.N.V.U
03. Hell On High Heels
04. Wake Up To The Real World
05. Destination Paradise
06. Another Shot Of Your Love
07. Scream
08. Walk Away
09. It Comes At Night
10. Queen Of Dreams
11. Savage Heart

CD2
01. Yellow Rain
02. Rock The House
03. Back To Back
04. Rodeo
05. Love Games
06. Future World
07. Little Drops Of Hheaven
08. Please Don’t Leave Me
09. Red Hot And  Heavy
10. Lethal Heroes (bonus track)

DVD
01. Pandemonium
02. I.N.V.U.
03. Hell On High Heels
04. Wake Up To The Real World
05. Destination Paradise
06. Another Shot Of Your Love
07. Scream
08. Walk Away
09. It Comes At Night
10. Queen Of Dreams
11. Savage Heart
12. Yellow Rain
13. Rock The House
14. Back To Back
15. Rodeo
16. Love Games
17. Future World
18. Little Drops Of Heaven
19. Please Don’t Leave Me
20. Red Hot And Heavy
21. Rockumentary (backstage footage and interviews with the band)


Lineup:

Ronnie Atkins - Vocals
Ken Hammer - Guitar
Rene Shades - Bass
Allan Tchicaja - Drums
Morten Sandager - Keyboards