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Climax Blues Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000063HZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb live album 23 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
A really excellent live album....The Stafford based Climax Blues Band really rocked it at The Academy of Music in New York with the concert being transmitted live on FM radio at the time. There were 2 versions of the album available initially...a single album and this, the doulbe album.... From the start the guitar sounds from Pter Hayckck are superb with the rhythm of John Cuffley on the drums abd Derek Holts superb bass driving the band through the set. Colin Cooper must have had super-strength lungs to sing, play sax and harmonica in the manner that you can hear on this stunning album. Their true quality was always there to be heard when performing live - without doubt . and this is a truly great live album. Listen then purchase and enjoy the sound of a great concert!!!!!! by an equally great and often under-rated band!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watched them live a couple of years ago 13 Jan 2014
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The band was excellent although someone said Colin Cooper looked like Victor Meldrew's grandfather. I remember hearing this band on the new Radio One In Concert series, often. They were a great, fun band with excellent musicianship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic live album 12 Jun 2013
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This album of the Climax Blues Band , finds them at their creative peak.
The playing and timing is spot on with a great rendition of the instrumental
Flight , and a blistering slide guitar piece from pete haycock called
country hat . The sound is excellent . Well worth buying if your into
rock jazz blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boogie Blues! Take me on home... 4 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best albums/CDs of all time, bar none. I've gone through 3 album sets and am now on my first CD version of FM Live. Climax Blues Band was one of those bands which were infinitely better "live" than on vinyl, and this CD captures them at their best. Both rockin and bluesy and funky, these guys were hot on the concert circuit in the 70s. They were one of those bands that headliners didn't like because the CBB would blow their doors out on stage. The final songs on the CD, beginning from "Country Hat," an excellent slide guiter solo/song/piece, to the end is one of the rockinest group of songs EVER put together. I STILL get that rush one gets from hearing a good jam for the first time everytime I crank this CD up and go for a cruise.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Esoteric label has finally gotten around to reissuing this great example (in a slipcase) of how this band (recorded in 1973, in New York City for radio broadcast) sounded live, in their hey-day. The mastering and sound are very good-on a par with other recent reissues of the band's earlier albums. This CD is packed with music that really proves that this band should have been more well known. The booklet has an essay on the music and a few small photos of the band.

Plus, the complete (9 1/2 minutes) version of "Goin' To New York" is included for the first time. That tune (by blues great Jimmy Reed), along with "So Many Roads" (hear blues guitarist Otis Rush's version-its killer), a storming Haycock solo "Country Hat", "Flight", "Mesopopmania" (with its sax/guitar intro which shifts into a duel guitar sound) "Let's Work Together", and other tunes are fine examples of just how good the band was live. I still remember how blown away I was hearing just how tight and fierce this band was on stage. And to have a double album of such great music was something really exciting. Listening to this set you can hear just how tight this band was on stage-no sloppy playing or wasted notes-they just got up there and threw out one blistering performance after another. Even the slower tunes have an intensity to them.

Fans should probably pick this edition of "FM Live" up for the above reasons. If you're new to this band, check out their first, self-titled album, and the second album "Plays On" (both newly mastered) for a good idea of what they were capable of. If you like those, check out the next couple of albums for similarly good tunes. On this live album the band was down to a tight quartet, consisting of-(the late) Colin Cooper-sax/harmonica/guitar/vocals, Pete Haycock-guitar/vocals, Derek Holt-bass/drums, and John Cuffley-drums.

Similar to Savoy Brown, why this band was never really popular in England, and only relatively popular in the U.S. is a mystery. They could play blues (their first album) that could stand next to virtually any other English blues band of the late 60's, and were also capable of venturing into more progressive territory (second album "Plays On") at the drop of a hat. I still own the original vinyl albums-which I remember buying as an expensive "import", and "Plays On" with it's cool gate-fold cover. Back then music was something truly special-part of people's lives- not a lifestyle choice. And these two albums added to that feeling. And with a double album of intense live music, I just didn't understand why (in 1973) no one knew who they were. I would play this for my fellow music fanatics, and they would agree that the band was good, but apparently no one really heard how good they were.

But if you want to hear this band at an early peak-check this newly mastered edition out. It smokes from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Just Got Better 22 July 2006
By Opie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just wanted to mention that the remastering on this CD is outstanding.

The vocals that were originally a bit too harsh have been smoothed out. - If you know this music, you know the parts - on "Standing By A river" - the vocals are much better now.

And the guitar and sax sound much more defined and separated.

No bonus material, same concert. But, it's worth the price to hear the concert with the improved sound.

I've played this CD more than I thought I would.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live albums ever made, bare none 26 May 2006
By J. Talsma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Outstanding concert tape, finally on CD available. This is a must for everoney who enjoys genuine music by a real band, who could write their own material and added some songs from others but played it their own way. This is fine example of a true band, at the height of their time. This is a ONE concert-recording, not being plucked from many performances and/or with many studio-overdubs. Listen to what this band could manage. The way they handled their instruments but more the interplay by the 4 members (on vocals/sax/harmonica, vocals/leadguitar, bassguitar and drums), every song recorded in only one take. Amazing. The music varies from straight blues to pop and (prog-)rock. It has so much to offer, everything on a good level. Those guys knew how to rock. Vocals are fine, guitarplaying excellent, rythmsection fills in and gives an added touch. Even the sax plays a role on its own. "Country Hat" is a solo only-number, on slide-guitar and sets Peter Haycock apart from so many other guitarists. Listen how this song developes from slow blues to full speed slide-play. And how it becomes immediately an integral part of the following up "You Make Me Sick". On every song he shows you what a guitarplayer he used to be, making his music a part of the song in a way you cannot describe, interwoven with the other instruments. What amazes you is that this IS a live recording, recorded in one take, no frills, overdubs, tricks etc. It gives you a sight of how real music was played. Even for the midseventies this is for real. Strongly recommended! Five stars is to less.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live British Blues Rock! 14 Jan 2004
By J. E FELL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded live at New York's Academy of Music for broadcast on FM radio (hence the title). The rough and rowdy mixture of live blues rock proves to be a winner in front of an ethusiastic and appreciative audience. An interesting aspect of the Climax Blues Band for newcomers is the fact that Colin Cooper plays saxophone, harmonica and guitar as well as handling most of the vocals. The music ranges from inspired blues covers like "The Seventh Son", the emotional "So Many Roads, So Many Trains" and the raucous closers Jimmy Reed's "Goin' To New York" and Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together". Tracks like "Flight" showcase the band's more jazzy side while "Mesopopmania" provides a vehicle for John Cuffely's drum soloing. The real highlight of the set is the great blues/rock guitar playing of Peter Haycock (later of ELO). "County Hat" highlights Haycock's wicked slide playing. The audience is obviously having a good time based on the versions of "You Make Me Sick" and "Shake Your Love" included here. While all the notes may not be perfect but the intensity does not waver. This live disk is the next best thing to being there which is what any live disk should strive to be!
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