Open Fire is the first live album by American hard rock/heavy metal band Y&T, released in 1985 through A&M Records. It was recorded in the same year.
Y&Ts songs were simply made to be heard in a live setting. Arriving at the tail end of the bands association with A&M Records, Open Fire is an exceptional live-album; the difference between these performances and their studio counterparts is so immense that one has to wonder if the performances are even by the same band. Every forced lyric, every lame arrangement, and every lost nuance are forgotten as Y&T come to explosive life on this astounding set, which revisits the best moments from the bands early-’80s career, including “Rescue Me,” “Forever,” “Barroom Boogie,” and “Open Fire.” Later material like “Go for the Throat” and “Summertime Girls” is impressive and the inclusion of an old track (“25 Hours a Day”) from their late-’70s origin as Yesterday & Today comes off as great. A final encore of the beautifully cathartic “I Believe in You” is guaranteed to send everyone home happy.
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“Go For the Throat”
“25 Hours a Day”
“I Believe in You”
“Go For the Throat” (studio version)
Dave Meniketti vocals, guitar
Joey Alves guitar, vocals
Phil Kennemore bass, vocals
Leonard Haze drums, vocals
In what has to go down as one of the goofiest live album covers of all-time is rectified by the songs that are inside the album!
Y&T in the early 80’s were slogging it out in the United States playing coast to coast and opening for bands like Motley Crue who in turn had outsold Y&T by a crazy amount.
The albums like 1982’s ‘Black Tiger’ and 1983’s ‘Meanstreak’ had made a dent on my listening radar,
England had taken to Y&T a lot more quicker than the States and definitely Canada.
Once 1984’s ‘In Rock We Trust’ came out Y&T had finally got that kinda of a hit in ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’ .
So once 1985 came around Y&T punched out this live seven song album and one new studio track to push the live stuff and that track would be ‘Summertime Girls’. (more on this song later!)
|2.||“Go for the Throat”||4:51|
|3.||“25 Hours a Day”||4:22|
|5.||“Summertime Girls” (Studio Version)||3:30|
|8.||“I Believe in You”||8:02|
It boggled my mind when I originally purchased this that Y&T had no songs included from the previous ‘In Rock We Trust’ album. I didn’t get it at the time but perhaps these guys were trying to push the product from their earlier releases as so many people overlooked the early 80’s output.
The seven live songs featured are great tracks. From opener ‘Open Fire’ Y&T cooked up a real cool batch of rocker tracks as in ‘Go For The Throat’,’25 Hours a Day’,’Baroom Boogie’. Dave Meniketti (lead vocals/lead guitar) had a real good knack at writing excellent catchy hard rock tracks and none is more evident than in the song ‘Forever’.
‘Forever’ packs a hard rock punch. Drummer Leonard Haze drives the tune with his drums. Big song for me off this album.
These guys could also show off their melodic rock side and that would be in the form of the songs ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘I Believe in You’. Meniketti who pretty much wrote all the songs himself could dial it down on the slower stuff but not make it so obvious to call it a power ballad!
5.0 out of 5 stars Its about time!!,
I remembered the quality of the sound and performance of all of the live songs on this album so well that I could instantly tell them apart from other later live releases – and I was always disappointed in those releases because this album was so good.
To my ear it sounds great and its a remarkably clear recording considering it was originally made over 20 years ago. If you’re a fan of Y&T and especially of this album, definitely go for it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer!,
This is probably one of my favorite live albums. The title track opens the action, and tracks like “Go For The Throat,” “25 Hours A Day” and “Rescue Me” keep the excitement mounting.
“Barroom Boogie” is a great track. The studio recording was good, but I love it live.
I can’t see how anyone — especially any Y&T junkie — would be disappointed with this. Five stars. No question.
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this album since I was a kid…. and rightfully so.,
Y&T is just the kind of band that shines live. Their studio albums have always been good, but this live album is fantastic.
If you are a fan of kick ass hard rock, then you have to add this album to your collection. Not a bad song on it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding LP, and a good memory of seeing them live in the 80s.,
Y & T was always a great live act and this recording don’t disappoint. Highly Recommended
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums EVER!,
And YES, it even rivals Maidens “Live After Death”!
This live album captures Y&T at their absolute best… the energy just can’t be topped.
Simply put, if you are a Y&T fan or even just a fan of 80s metal, you need to buy this