Friday, July 29, 2011

Live Albums Part Four

It's the Friday before the long week-end. Hope you all have a great and safe time doing what you do. Not sure if I will be able to catch any live music but I will certainly listen to some great live recordings.

Taj Mahal - The Real Thing - Columbia

2Lp set from the Fillmore East. Searing blues with horn players from the Charles Mingus band. This is a must listen

Ted Hawkins - The Final Tour - Evidence

Venice Beach busker finally gets signed and tours just before he passes away. He sings soul from the soul. And draws upon: pop, folk, country and blues to take you on a wonderful trip

Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club

The greatest soul singer of them all captured live at his prime. Backed by the King Curtis Band. This disc just comes for life as soon as you put it on. You can feel the sweat from the band and appreciative audience.

Otis Redding - Live in London and Paris

He recorded several great live albums which were released after he died. So I think we can safely say he must have been one of the best live performers of all time. Backed by Booker T & the MG's and the Mar Keys horn section. This just burns from beginning to end!

Ray Charles - Ray Charles at Newport

Oh my, is it possible to be this good? You would not want to come on a stage after Ray Charles was finished.

B.B. King - Live At the Regal

Here is the "King of the Blues" earning his crown. If you only know his later work with the superstar guests you owe it to yourself to go back to when his performances mattered. And none is better than this one.

James Brown - Live at the Apollo

He would make many excellent live records during his long career. But this performance by Brown and the Flames is tops!

Harry Belafonte - Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

2Lp and my all time fave live record. It has it all. Music, performance, audience participation and FUN

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