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Review: Much like the speed freaks for whom the band is named, Motorhead gain stamina after a career that would have spent any other band, and newer personnel who are themselves seasoned veterans help chaosmeister Lemmy Kilmister organize his songs into a consistent and hard-hitting aesthetic. This uniformity helps the melodies and rhythms stand for themselves, which they do, enduring the exhaustive entropic influence of time and the music industry. One could debate endlessly over whether or not all of the classic Motorhead tracks are on these two CDs, but an ample enough selection is present, and with repetition and the audience-sage wisdom of new band members, they have undergone a winnowing process where excess has been removed and their stronger attributes are emphasized clearly.
The selection mostly favors middle-period Motorhead and songs from the blockbuster "1916," but a smattering of newer works appear as well. Musicianship is professional and sound quality is good enough to make this a preferred introduction to a band that despite all of its promise rarely wrote an album consistent enough to be great, although its standout tracks were better than anything else available at the time.