Post-punk rebel Billy Idol's sneering, to-hell-with-it attitude has always been the key to his appeal, and on this live CD culled from a VH1 Storytellers episode, he shows that his days of growling an

Post-punk rebel Billy Idol's sneering, to-hell-with-it attitude has always been the key to his appeal, and on this live CD culled from a VH1 Storytellers episode, he shows that his days of growling and howling are far from over. Dotted with bits of Idol chatter throughout (he makes fun of his No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Cradle of Love" with some lyrical improv), the blond-haired Brit revisits the tunes that made him an early-'80s staple on MTV, including "Mony Mony" and "Flesh for Fantasy." Storytellers reveals that his music is solidly based in rock'n'roll/ blues, as evidenced by the rockabilly-etched "To Be a Lover." The unexpected substitution of the power-rock "White Wedding" with a subtle acoustic version is a winning move, although you may miss the siren-wail of the electric six-string when he gives "Rebel Yell" the same treatment.—CLT