There was a lot of online pre-release hype for this recording, most of it favorable, and probably all generated by the label. This is not some lost treasure. It is garbage. It is a terrible audience recording, and frequently the audience is louder than Chilton, especially some drunken woman who was a lot closer to the microphone than Chilton was. After a few songs, the drummer starts playing along with a brush on snare drum, the audience starts singing along, and you can barely hear Alex.
This was recorded at a club in New York in 1997, after a power outage. Chilton borrowed an acoustic guitar, and someone in the audience had a cheap tape recorder. The quality is hard to take, even for one listen. The only reason to buy this mess, unless you are a fanatic, is the bonus studio track, "You can Bet Your Heart On Me."
I knew Alex Chilton for more than 35 years. I did sound for one of his bands(and usually recorded them through the sound board), and saw him play live nearly 200 times. This recording is not essential, and not something any sane person would want to listen to more than one time. It is on a par with Beatles Live at the Star Club. Imagine Beach Boys Party recorded on a $20 tape recorder.
Alex Chilton would have never signed off on this terrible product. He would not have wanted it out on the market.
I'm sure the people that attended this had a great time, but any joy they felt does not transfer to this dismal release. I miss Alex. This recording does nothing for his legacy. Shame on Bar None Records for releasing this.