What does it sound like?:
The first official live album from the original line up of the band, this double cd set proclaims itself to be 100% live with no overdubs.
The concerts featured are from Houston in 1977 and Wembley in 1979, when the band were promoting two of the weaker albums in their catalogue, namely Burnin’ Sky and Desolation Angels respectively.
As such, the earlier marterial featured on both cds is the highlight here – there is not much duplication of songs (only two), although each cd does contain a (mercifully brief) drum solo.
All the well known songs are here, and the Wembley cd also features for unknown reasons a version of Hey Joe from a US gig recorded later in that same year.
There is a nice informative booklet although it doesn’t make clear if these performances represent the full shows – I suspect probably not though.
What does it all *mean*?
A good and enjoyable listen for lovers of this genre of classic British seventies rock, although one feels these shows capture the band at the beginning of the downward slope in their career rather than at the height of their powers. Nevertheless, Paul Rodgers is still in fine voice, and a special mention is warranted for the late Boz Burrell’s stand out bass playing throughout.
Goes well with…
Classic 70s hard rock.
Might suit people who like…
Bad Co, Free, Paul Rodgers, the usual suspects on the British scene from that early to late seventies era.