Chelsea Metallic Fo – Live at CBGB’s 1999

Metallic Fo – Live at CBGB’s is a live album by British punk rock band Chelsea.

The first 12 songs were recorded at CBGB’s in New York with the remaining six coming from another gig in NYC at Tramps on the 1999 Social Chaos tour.

Gene October has carried on performing under the Chelsea brand name with different bands but this time, the band that recorded the 1979 self-titled debut album is brought back together.

Chelsea Metallic Fo - Live at CBGB's

Songs On Chelsea Metallic Fo – Live at CBGB’s

No Admission – 3:31
Your Toy – 3:04
The Loner – 2:45
Twelve Men – 3:22
Evacuate – 4:11
Urban Kids – 6:37
I’m On Fire – 4:05
Rocking Horse – 3:59
Right To Work (part 1) – 7:02
Right To Work (part 2) – 2:49
Freemans – 4:22
I Fought The Law – 3:39
No Admission – 2:53
Your Toy – 2:58
The Loner – 3:16
Urban Kids – 3:59
Right To Work – 4:11
Freemans – 3:51

Playing on the album are:

Gene October – vocals
James Stevenson – guitar, vocals
Dave Martin – guitar, vocals
Geoff Myles – bass
Chris Bashford – drums

This has a much better sound than the 1978 recording Live and Loud. It also captures the atmosphere of an punk rock concert in the late 1970s with Gene October swapping insults with the crowd.

The six songs from Tramps reprise some of the better known songs but they lose the atmosphere.

I realise this is 20 years too late, but it’s a terrific example of punk rock performed live.

What Other People Say

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Dave Thompson at AllMusic.com gave it 4.5 stars out of 5

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