Evening of Sunday Sept 17 at the brass monkey in Cronulla. Can’t immediately see any of their stuff on YT.
I know we’ve done live albums on more than one occasion before, but still, it’s a rich vein.
I was listening to Van Morrison’s It’s Too Late To Stop Now, Vols II, III and IV yesterday and marvelling at what a remarkable record it is. And the arrangements really make it. There are eleven people onstage including Morrison, and every part has its own lines, distinctive and clear. Strings are invariably used on rock records to provide a gloopy background, but here the quartet has a real role to play with lead lines and melodies enhancing the songs throughout. Ditto the two brass instruments which are never just reinforcing noise. Jeff Labes’ keyboard and John Platania’s guitar weave in and out with the texture of a jazz ensemble.
The playing is fantastic, and, above it all, Van’s vocals magnificent as he goes from bullhorn to whisper and back again in a stroke. What you hear is the essence of all great live albums – musicians feeding off each other, off the audience, and off the moment in a way that can never be created in the studio.
Many of my favourite live albums do this – Allman Brothers at Fillmore » Continue Reading.
Listening to Black and White by the Stranglers I was reminded of the old rock tradition that is the ‘Introducing the Band’ number, as in the amazingly crass, sexist and quite entertaining number here. It shares many of the defining characteristics of this curious feature of the gig:
It’s not really a song is it, more a throwaway riff with the frontman demonstrating his wit and charisma over the top. Musical genre – riffy blues-rock. Each band member introduced in turn with a hilarious quip that sounds just as spontaneous on the 93rd date of the tour as the opening night (‘Dave Greenfield on his huge swelling organ’) Solos by instruments and players that were never meant to solo (check out Jean-Jacques Burnels ‘bass solo’ here, a masterpiece Some call-and-response riff here (She’s got 36-24-36 hips etc) for the crowd to sing along to.
Baby Drives Me Crazy on Live and Dangerous is another classic of the genre. It’s testament to the power of the seventies double live lp that many of these were committed to vinyl to torment those far away from the front row at the Hope and Anchor or Glasgow Apollo. The Stranglers track was originally on » Continue Reading.
Even allowing for the fact that there’s a little bit of distortion on the tape, is this the worst ever live vocal performance?
Check out the moment at 56″ – it’s magic.
Can anyone find anything worse than this??
The latest live archive release from the Springsteen vault – freshly mastered from the tapes comes Nassau Coliseum from 31st December 1980. Another old bootleg bites the dust.
Well worth yer $12 or whatever
Elvis Costello is on his solo touring of the US tip once more and washed up in Alabama. So he decided to roll out a Dylan cover