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Motörhead has always been a great live band and this box set proves it.  | Photo: Tina Korhonen
Motörhead has always been a great live band and this box set proves it. | Photo: Tina Korhonen
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The Löst Tapes Collection Brings to Life the Power of Motörhead's Live Performances

After the death of Lemmy Kilmister and the subsequent end of Motörhead, it was certain that various rare recordings or forgotten live tapes would see the light of day. One of these treats is The Löst Tapes: Collection Vol. 1-5, now hitting the shelves.

Over the last few years, four volumes of this collection have been released separately in limited vinyl editions. Now the recordings from the concerts in Madrid, Norwich, Malmö and Heilbronn have been completed with a live recording from the 2008 Download Festival in Donington. Altogether they have been released as a collector's box set of eight discs in total, with the most recently added Donington record also pressed on vinyl.

The first footage from Madrid (1995) captures Motörhead freshly reunited as a trio just after the release of the hardcore album Sacrifice and the departure of second guitarist Wuerl. Nonetheless, the band is in great form, and you can enjoy rare tracks from the above-mentioned album that didn't get to be played live much, such as "Sex And Death", "Over Your Shoulder" and the title track. The setlist also includes the classic "Silver Machine", which comes from Lemmy's Hawkwind days.

The trio Kilmister/Campbell/Dee show perfect synergy on the live album from Norwich in 1998, recorded during the period of Snake Bite Love album. This record features "Love For Sale" and the brutal "Take The Blame", starring the relentless Mikkey Dee and his double-kick. The record from Malmö, Sweden, features the little-known "Stay Out Of Jail" from the We Are Motörhead album and "Broken" from Overnight Sensation.

On Vol. 4 we return to 1984, when Lemmy and Phil Campbell were joined by guitarist Würzel and drummer Pete Gill. Motörhead are even wilder, faster, and with two guitars a little dirtier. Classics like "Ace Of Spades" and "Overkill" are played in a truly deadly tempo. The last disc features Motörhead on home soil in 2008, in Donington, England. The crowd is ecstatic, the band is soaking up the great atmosphere and giving it back in the form of a flawless, energetic performance. Apart from the hits, there are some less often played songs like "Killers" and a cover of Bob Seger's "Rosalie".

What can musicians appreciate about the album?

Motörhead has always been a great live band and this box set proves it. It's really cool that there are records from different eras and that we can go back to the 80s, which allows us to hear a different, even dirtier – if you want punkier – energy, which became a bit more "metal" during the 90s. A beautiful treat for Motörhead fans who shouldn't miss it in their collection.

Motörhead - The Löst Tapes The Collection Vol. 1-5

MotörheadThe Löst Tapes The Collection Vol. 1-5

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Petr Adamík
In 1999, I co-founded the punk'n'roll band Degradace, with whom I'm still going strong. I've been working at the musical instrument store Hudební Svět for a few years now, and a while ago I decided that I'd like to write about…