A Must For Dickinson Fans
Edward J. Holmes | Demotte, Indiana United States | 04/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'd always thought of Samson as the poor man's Iron Maiden. Not to say that Samson are not any good. If you like the nwobhm explosion, you'll like "Live at Reading".
This was the last show that Bruce did with Samson. It was also the show that convinced Steve Harris to hire Dickinson to sing for Iron Maiden.
"Live at Reading" is a good live album. It sounds good and the production is pretty decent. All the essential Samson hits are hear. "Take it Like a Man, Vice Versa, Big Brother and Walking out on You" are some of the classic tracks performed. Paul Samson is no Dave Murray or Adrain Smith, but he seems to be perfect for what kind of music Samson plays.
I had read about Samson and was surprised at how good they sounded on this live album because I was led to believe that musically, Samson just were'nt that good.
True, the songs are'nt as catchy as a lot of other nwobhm bands, but Samson deserve a fair shot at glory, especially with Bruce on vocals.
If you are a Bruce Dickinson completist, you must have this!"
Mr. N. J. Mingins | Crewe, Cheshire, United Kingdom | 08/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Bruce's last show with Samson before Joining a Band called Iron Maiden, this album catches samson at it's best, recorded live at the famous Reading Festival in the U.K.
Hear bruce's voice at it's best ripping into the song's like earth mother, hammerhead, riding with the angels and bright lights.
This album is a must, once listened you will play it again and again.
The guitar work from mr samson is great to listen to."
Bruce Dickinson-Legend in the making
Karina Pettinger | Gardnerville, NV USA | 09/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to know why Mr. Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and the group's Manager, Rod Smallwood quickly ushered in Mr. Bruce Dickinson into their fold you will realize why after hearing this remarkable CD! Mr. Harris and Mr. Smallwood were in the audience during this gig and were taken with Mr. Dickinson! The rest is history! Bruce Dickinson is still going strong to this day with Iron Maiden and I believe that this gig at Reading in 1981 was just the beginning!
This has to be one of the best if not THE best live recordings I have ever heard from any band that I know of! Bruce's vocals are amazing!! He puts so much heart and soul as well as passion into every note he sings! If I could pick one song that would illustrate my opinion in this it would be, "Walking Out On You." The music builds up to a mighty belting out of, "Cuz I'm walking out on you" from Bruce! Clear and strong are the vocals!! Well, I could go on and on with my review but I recommend that you listen for yourself and I think you will agree with me. This is excellent!!"