I'd hate to see real fake sound
Gloria | 03/21/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Agent Orange's only live album "Real Live Sound" is a sign of the times it was recorded in. 1990. L.A. The Roxy....The first thing that came to my mind just by looking at the cover and liner notes was the pop sound of the moment in 1990...pop heavy metal. And guess what? This is Agent Orange doing its best impersonation of a pop metal act.
All the classic elements are here. A Drum solo. Cheerleading by Mike Palm. Half-... guitar playing. What seems to be lots of fake sounding female screams. And an intro by a deep-voiced roadie. As a former recovering metal junkie...I was thinkin' gawd I'm not listening to W.A.S.P. Live in the Raw..Am I? But as I listened more and more I could tell that this was not the band that laid down one of the best albums I have ever heard at the beginning of the 80s. This was something KISS would do...lie down some tracks live and polish them up. The first studio album with warts and all was more "live" than this mess."
Nice snapshot of a great local band
D. Cooper | Los Angeles, CA | 11/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Agent Orange about 3-4 times in 1986-87, and while this is more power pop than what I remember...IT DOES still have the feeling/guitar sound of what I recall. It does sound like there might be audience track here-but who cares. The band sounds great. Compare with Bloostained Hitz-much more pure Agent Orange. I'd love to see Mike release a live recording from The Music Machine in that later 80's period---Gibson SG and Marshall amps!!!!!!"
Raw, but with lots of emotion.
Gloria | Orange, CA United States | 11/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, yes this album is raw and yes Mike's vocals are a little harsh in some places, but it is a great live album for the diehard fan of old school punk. In fact, a lot of the songs are different versions then the studio ones, and sound very cool. For you old schoolers out there Social Distortions Mommy's Little Monster was not that great a recording and Ness was a sloppy guitar player back then, but the album is a punk rock classic. I'm not saying this is a classic but it IS an album to be appreciated and well worth four stars."