|Social Distortion - Live at the Roxy|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jason Karsh|
|Tuesday, 30 June 1998|
Time Bomb Recordings
| Performance 9 | Sound 6.5 |
Is it time to give Mike Ness and Social Distortion credit yet, or are we supposed to wait until they've been disbanded for ten years and become retro-cool? All right, so Mike Ness isn't a modern-day Shakespeare. Fine, Social D.'s reperotoire isn't the most diverse. And, yes, there are any number of other bands who have been far more political in and instrumental to the plight of punk and rock-and-roll. But so what. The undeniable fact is that Social Distortion has been an underdog ever since they started out nearly twenty years ago in Orange County, California.
Thankfully, to this day, they still know how to put on a great show. Containing virtually everything you could ask for spanning their carrer (other than "Sick Boy" which was regretfully forgotten according to Ness) 'Live At The Roxy' is elemental in any Social Distortion collection. Is it recorded well? Not particularly. Can you turn it up really loud and belt out "Story Of My Life," or "Prision Bound" until you're blue in the face? Absolutely.