What does it sound like?:
Reissued for Record Store Day, this 1973 album is back on good old vinyl in this beautifully put together reproduction of the original set.
It comes on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl – and it’s multicoloured vinyl at that! As if that wasn’t enough, the faithful facsimile of the tour programme, which accompanied initial copies of the album, has been reinstated too, along with the original sleeve notes.
Like many bands of the seventies era, the release of a double live set was virtually a certainty as they reached the peak of their career. This is actually quite a strong album, featuring what was pretty much their standard set list of that period. There are very tight renditions of some of their classic material – check out Easy Livin’, July Morning, Sweet Lorraine, Look at Yourself and Magician’s Birthday for example – along with an epic fourteen minute version of Gypsy. Such was the strength of their repertoire, there was no room to be found even for gems such as The Wizard and Bird Of Prey. The band sound in great nick, the majestic keyboards and powerful guitars interlocking perfectly, and Dave Byron puts in a sterling vocal performance throughout. The only weak point is the last track, the ubiquitous rock n roll medley, which does rather pall after a few listens.
Nevertheless, this is a very good live album from that era, and it’s nice to see it getting a well-deserved reissue like this.
What does it all *mean*?
Some live albums age much better than others, this being a prime example.
Goes well with…
Other rock albums from that great early seventies era.
Might suit people who like…
Heep, Purple etc – heavy rock with prog airs!