Review – ANDREW CANE & BAND – 1996 Live At The Slaughterhouse

24 02 2020

 

 

ANDREW CANE & BAND – 1996 Live At The Slaughterhouse

(PinkOrange Records, Released December 06, 2019)

 

Shortly before the end of the year, a real delicacy fluttered into my house. It is the first production of the Munich rock band MATA HARI aka CANE, which wasn’t released out due to business reasons. The insiders of the Munich music scene should know the former band around the siblings Claudia (vocals/ songwriting) and Andrew Cane (guitar/ keyboards/ songwriting) very well. At that time also still in the band: Holger Schulten on bass and drummer Harry Bischof. Hardly 23 years have passed since the EP, which was recorded under the direction of Chris Lausmann (ex-BONFIRE | ex-FRONTLINE | FOH for MICHAEL SCHENKER) at a live gig at Schlachthof/ Munich, is now surprisingly and unexpectedly released under the project name ANDREW CANE & BAND.

The first song on the EP ‘1996 – Live At The Slaughterhouse’ is opened by “Dancing Queen, a top-class dance floor stomper, which was already produced by Andrew Cane for EMI Germany in 2000 and re-recorded by CLAUDIA CANE for her album “Friends” about two years ago. Although the original live recordings by ANDREW CANE & BAND bangs out of the speakers in direct comparison with an unbelievable elemental force, the latest recording from 2017 makes it clear that she has lost nothing of her vocal qualities over all these years and that she has succeeded damn well in spreading the live feeling in the studio. But it’s a little bit different with the great power ballad “Run But Creep” and “Jesus Was A Woman“, performed with an easygoing funky reggae beat. These two songs have already been released – as happened in 2010 on “Come Closer” by CLAUDIA CANE – but with the subtle difference that this album has been produced by Curt Cress and ANDREW CANE beforehand for a record deal with EMI in 2000 and has not been published – for reasons I cannot understand. If you compare the Slaughterhouse-Recordings here with the so-called major-production, the question inevitably arises: Which appreciation did the song material get in the end under the direction of producer icon Curt Cress? In my humble opinion – not obviously – at least from a technical point of view. It rather killed the raw charm and unbridled explosiveness of the original vision of ANDREW CANE’s production in 1996. The same goes for the casually strolling “Out Of Line“. But at this point I don’t want to give the impression that “Come Closer” is a toothless or even bad album. – Definitely not! Rather I would like to illustrate what an impressive ‘jewel’ with “1996 – Live At The Slaughterhouse” has been slumbering in ANDREW CANE’s archives for over two decades. The two previously unreleased songs of this EP underline this more than impressive. On the one hand the dizzying and hit-suspicious mid-tempo anthem “In Our Hearts” and on the other hand the happy backbeat of the rock n roller “You Are Naked“.

“1996 – Live At The Slaughterhouse” is an absolutely desirable object for collectors who like honest and handmade rock music. I must quote myself from two years ago: ‘CANE stands for quality!’

The EP, produced by Andrew Cane and mixed and mastered by Uli Eisner, is for the time being, only available as download at www.bandcamp.com. But this fact shouldn’t stop the ‘old school’ fraction from buying this release, because on this platform you can choose between the different audio formats (MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF) and thus meets the highest quality demands on the sound.

Adapted from Review Lauschangriff – KW 02/20 written by Sonny
Rock Chicks Magazine
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