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"Spirit - Live at the BBC 1971 - 1978" (BBC Version 3CD Set)

"Spirit - Live at the BBC 1971 - 1978" (BBC Version 3CD Set)

31 Mar 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2008
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 3:36:30
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  • ASIN: B001KSM4K0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,792 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mousequakes on 14 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you own the single CD set 'BBC Live in Concert' (Windsong/Strange Fruit), then you'll already be familiar with the first 9 tracks of disc 1 of this 3-disc set, but will also likely notice something is very different. 'Spirit' at last gives us the original stereo recording of (most) of this 1971 concert, and with markedly superior sound quality than before. This is because earlier issues foolishly used the crudely mixed and distorted mono tape that was held by the BBC Sound Archive, instead of obtaining from BBC Worldwide a copy of either the stereo BBC Transcription Disc or the stereo tape used to prepare it. At the time this programme was recorded (19th August 1971, not 18th September as notes here suggest) Radio 1's In Concert was still being transmitted in mono, but the Transcription Service had begun issuing recordings from the series to its subscribers in stereo. Owing to the time limitations of the LP, one track had to be excluded - 'The Clearout', which consequently only survives in the distorted mono mix which again had to be used here. For the rest however, the far superior sonic quality and clarity of the stereo version is a major improvement, with Spedding's guitar and Bruce's bass properly separated, allowing a much more satisfying appreciation of their dynamic and harmonic interactions. 'Spirit' also corrects the track running order to that of the original broadcast.

The final three tracks of Disc 1 are from a Jazz in Britain session (tx 30 August 1971, not the 31st) by a trio featuring jazz saxophonist John Surman and drummer Jon Hiseman, all overdubbing on 'Jack's Gone'.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 April 2008
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This great box-set contains four concerts with Jack, who must be considered one of the true legends of modern music. A revolutionary pioneer on electric bass, a highly accomplished vocalist, a gifted and very diverse composer. A multitalent spanning so many genres: rock, blues, jazz, avant-garde.

Two of the shows have been released already. The 1971 with Chris Spedding, Graham Bond and John Marshall, and the 1975 presenting one of his hottest bands ever featuring Mick Taylor and Carla Bley. But here in a superior soundquality. We also get a performance from his 1977 outfit with a young Simon Philips, already then a formidable drummer.The interplay between him and Jack's fretless bass-magic certainly more than makes up for the rather inadequate guitarwork of Hughie Burns.

Neither of these shows might be Jack at his absolute best. Being a spontanous and erratic performer, he's rarely at his finest in this more formal settings. But there's plenty to enjoy. Some fine versions of the marvelous songs from his first three solo-albums, some rearranged Cream-classics and from time to time inspired and transcendent moments of pure music.

Spread over the three discs we also get some fine jazzy moments with Jack in the fine company of Jon Hiseman and saxlegend John Surman.

As with all from the bassmaestro, the mastermind behind Cream, this is essential stuff for all lovers of true progressive and inventive music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Basilides on 3 July 2011
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With this release in stereo of the 1971 concert we can hear that Jack really was clearly continuing the exploration of what, in a 1967 interview quoted in Time magazine, he termed the 'neo-contrapuntal' style of rock - but now in a completely different direction. In the poor quality mono of the original release of the concert this was perhaps less easy to grasp in some respects.
But although this new release of the 1971 concert is far superior in clarity there doesn't seem to have been any effort made to balance the sound on the first track. The result is that Spedding's guitar is far too dominant on this number, becoming excruciatingly loud as what appears to be a not particularly brilliant solo progresses. In any case the bass is far from being loud enough by any normal standard, and that is true for all the tracks. In the old mono release the guitar is not so loud and is perfectly opposed by the bass guitar, so that the ear is equally attracted by, and of course conflicted by, both. Heard like that Spedding's 'solo' makes perfect sense - not as a solo but for what it really is, one half of a contrapuntal dialogue.
In fact the balance on the original mono release, which I have also reviewed, is just right, and for that reason I would urge any true connoisseur to buy that in addition to this. Once understood the contrapuntal tensions are conveyed perfectly well even in mono.
But at least with most of the tracks in stereo we can hear a lot of other things going on with better separation - notably Graham Bond's organ sound. Spatial separation adds an extra dimension to competing strands of counterpoint.
The stereo also comes off best in the way it reveals the extraordinary vocal capabilities of Bruce.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Verges Coma on 22 July 2009
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I was happily surprised with the jazz numbers on this set.It would make a fabulous album to combine these six numbers with the three last tracks on Solid Bond that also feature John Hiseman ,John McLaughlin,and Dick Heckstall Smith and make a brilliant companion to Things we like .The perfect Jazz Bruce.
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