Live at the BBC (Hk)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.2 x 12.6 x 0.99 cm; 111.98 g
- メーカー : Universal I.S.
- EAN : 0602498406625
- 製造元リファレンス : 327238008
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2006
- 時間 : 2 時間 8 分
- レーベル : Universal I.S.
- ASIN : B000H5UKFI
- ディスク枚数 : 2
Import only double-disc album featuring a compilation which captures the rise of one of the UK's most talented blues / rock bands, from their very first session in 1968 [astonishingly, recorded just days after bass play Andy Fraser's 16th birthday] through to their last official recording for the beeb, 'In Concert' for John Peel in July 1970 and includes the rare December 1969 session for Top Gear which never even made it to bootleg. Universal.
From their Very First Session in 1968 (Astonishingly, Recorded Just Days after Bass Play Andy Fraser's 16th Birthday) Through to their Last Official Recording for the Beeb, 'in Concert' for John Peel in July 1970, this Compilation Captures the Rise of One of the UK'S Most Talented Blues / Rock Bands. While Some of the Material Has Surfaced as Bonus Material on Reissues, the Bulk of it Has Never Before Been Available; 'sugar for Mr Morrision', 'woman', 'i'll Be Creepin'' 'trouble on Double Time' and 'mouthful of Grass' in Session Tracks and Both the in Concert Performances Are Officially Released Here for the First Time. The December 1969 Session for Top Gear Never Even Made it to Bootleg, It's a Gem of a Find that Turned Up Relatively Recently in Paul Kossoff's Private Archive.
However, it is "live" as far as I am concerned and, as is usually the case on these BBC studio recordings, the sound quality is excellent. Disc One is definitely worth having and showcases this marvellous, unpretentious blues rock band at their very best "kick posterior" best.
Disc Two is where we are somewhat let down. I guess if I could have given the album 3.5 stars I would. The "John Peel Sunday Concert" material suffers from truly appalling sub-bootleg sound. Tracks 1-4 and 10-11 are pretty much unlistenable, and I am certainly no "audiophile" (Heaven forgive!). As another reviewer has correctly stated, tracks 5-9 are acceptable, but in many ways Disc Two is a write-off. In fact I haven't even downloaded the offending tracks to my digital library.
Having said that, I am not going to have kittens over it and bleat on about "wasted money" and "I demand a refund" and so on, because the price was such that I feel it justifies the cost of owning the Disc One material. I am more than happy to pay for those recordings, so there you go. If you want to experience the bluesy magnificence that was Free in front of an audience, then "Free Live" is the one for you. You can't go wrong with that.