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Alan Reed & The Daughters of Expediency - Live: From The Razor’s Edge review

A live taste of Honey

Alan Reed & The Daughters of Expediency - Live: From The Razor’s Edge album artwork

Down but not out, Alan Reed’s infamous ousting from Pallas was about as unsavoury as the former Kiss members arguing over the band’s legacy in the press. Regardless, both parties have now moved on, even if it did seem for a moment there that a completely disgruntled and disheartened Reed might give up music for good. Thankfully, that wasn’t to be, as Reed has flourished as a solo artist both on record and as a live performer. And as stirring as he is while wailing away from behind an acoustic guitar, it’s glorious to hear him in full voice with a backing band behind him. It’s also clear that no one’s having quite as much fun as Alan Reed and his band – well, apart from his audience, maybe. After last year’s very well‑received studio album Honey On The Razor’s Edge, it’s good to see Reed making the transformation back to band leader, and he’s at his full-throated best on this live set. Especially good here are Razor, For The Greater Glory, Kingdom Of The Blind and an uproarious take on Crown Of Thorns that’s welcomed home like a returning hero.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.