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  • RB: DLC – Mid-May DLC Roundup

    Posted on May 20th, 2010 Simon No comments

    On Tuesday May 11th, Harmonix released another full album as DLC entitled “British Steel”.  Some musicians have described Judas Priest’s legendary sixth album, 1980’s “British Steel”, as “the first album to define Heavy Metal because it does away with the last shards of ‘blues’ that were otherwise characteristic of the genre”.  The album contains the following tracks:

    • Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “Rapid Fire” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “Metal Gods” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “Grinder” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “United” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “Living After Midnight” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “The Rage” (Live)
    • Judas Priest – “Steeler”  (Live)

    I have to admit I was impressed that Harmonix would choose such an iconic and well-respected album to include in their DLC catalogue, that is, until I later learned that the tracks are not in fact the original master recordings.  No, these tracks are an entire live performance by Judas Priest, recorded in late 2009 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album.  “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight” are great metal songs to add to your collection, but I personally have drawn the line on live recordings in my Rock Band DLC.

    Some have argued the merits of live tracks, but you can put me squarely in the ‘No Thanks’ group who are not very keen on emulating anyone’s  live performance.   I think my dislike for live tunes really started with the introduction of the AC/DC track disc – I played through all of the tracks when I first got the songs, but now I’m only keeping them around just to have them on the list.  I would never choose to play one, only tolerating them when they appear in my ‘mystery setlists’ occasionally.   I would just much rather play the studio version of the songs, the versions I grew up listening to.   Also, with all honestly, I’d rather not have the song at all than purchase a live version, which is why I am going to pass on this collection.  It’s just not for me.   This post has reminded me of a classic Jim Breuer standup routine where he impersonates both Rob Halford and Brian Johnston (Priest and ACDC respectively).

    The following Tuesday, Harmonix delivered a more typical week for Rock Band DLC.  The 18th marked the return of The Grateful Dead and even more songs from their massive catalogue of music, and songs from another hipster band, The Smithereens.

    Grateful Dead – “Beat It on Down the Line”
    Grateful Dead – “Cumberland Blues”
    Grateful Dead – “Scarlet Begonias”
    Grateful Dead – “Throwing Stones”
    Grateful Dead – “Touch of Grey”
    Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues”
    The Smithereens – “A Girl Like You”
    The Smithereens – “Only a Memory”

    These songs are all classics in their own kind.  “Touch of Grey” is long overdue, probably their most recognizable song (“I will get by, I will survive”) and will make a worthy addtion to the DLC library.  I’m not too familiar with the Smithereens sound, but it doesn’t sound like they will be too hard to play.  “Only a Memory” was the band’s only #1 hit, and “A Girl Like You” was very popular followup hit in the late 80’s.   I always enjoy seeing new artists, and while the flood of freshmen acts on the platform is starting to dry up, Harmonix seems to consistently come up with compelling DLC.

    Next Week’s Predictions (i.e. Tomorrow’s Announcement):  I think we can all bet on Soundgarden.

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