An up and coming HM/Hard Rock often uses a live record to propel them into the stratosphere and in most cases, especially in the `70's; that seemed to be the ticket. By the middle of the `80's, California's Y&T, a veteran of the small clubs and support status slots for about a decade, decided the time was right to release their own primary source document in the hopes of striking the same gold. `Open Fire' had some of the tools and a hit single to boot but it was not the monster success the band or more importantly the record label hoped it would be. "Summertime Girls" was the lone studio cut and got tremendous radio and MTV airplay but it was kind of sad that Y&T had to write and record such an overtly commercial song. "Go for the Throat" was another new song, live for the record but again, couldn't there have been another choice? No "Mean Streak", "Black Tiger", "Dirty Girl" or "Hurricane" here which would have been unreal in a live setting. Yes "Open Fire" and "Rescue Me" are present and they do compensate but I guess that's the downside of having only eight tracks (with two new songs to boot!). `Open Fire' just seems like a missed opportunity to me and I would tell most prospective Y&T fans to buy one of the compilations or buy the first three A&M records and leave `Open Fire' for last if so inclined. Unfortunately there would be no continued upward progression and by the end of the decade the band would be an afterthought...but at least they had a hit.....yeeesh!