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The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Live (1975)

Artist: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Album: Live
Released: 1975
Source: Vertigo
Genre: Hard Rock
Format: eac/ape.266mb

Although the Sensational Alex Harvey Band showed off plenty of sonic firepower on studio outings like Next and Tomorrow Belongs To Me, they were always at their most ferocious in the concert arena. As a result, Live is an especially rousing and engaging addition to the group's catalog. Since the set list is almost entirely composed of time-tested favorites, it also one of their most consistent albums. The album's contents are taken from a single night's performance at the Hammersmith Odeon and this gives it a sonic coherence that other live albums rarely capture. A totally committed performance from the band seals the album's appeal with its thrilling combination of heavy-metal bombast and tight arrangements that carefully deploy keyboard shadings to flesh out the guitar-heavy sound. The proceedings start powerfully with "Faith Healer," an ominous rocker whose thunderous riffs take on a new level of muscle in the live arena. Other highlights include "Give My Compliments To The Chef," a sci-fi-influenced tale of societal breakdown that slowly but surely builds into a hard-rocking frenzy, and the group's cover of "Framed," which transforms the classic Leiber-Stoller tune into a twisted psychodrama where Harvey debates with audience over his innocence. However, the finest track on the album is a cover: the group's surprisingly subtle version of the Tom Jones hit "Delilah" tones down the original's fevered psychodrama to create a waltz-like tune with a tongue-in-cheek circus atmosphere. This track is also notable because it was released as a single and became one of the group's biggest hit singles in Europe. To sum up, Live is a double-triumph for the Sensational Alex Harvey Band because it functions both as a strong live souvenir for the group's fans and also as a solid introduction to the group's highlights for the novice listener.

Track List:
1 Fanfare (Justly, Skillfully, Magnaminously) Wadsworth 1:24
2 Faith Healer Harvey, McKenna 6:50
3 Tomahawk Kid Batchelor, Harvey, McKenna 5:44
4 Vambo Cleminson, Harvey, McKenna 9:31
5 Give My Compliments to the Chef Cleminson, Harvey, McKenna 6:47
6 Delilah Mason, Reed 5:17
7 Framed Leiber, Stoller 11:03


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Artist: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

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