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Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's best, 8 Mar 2004
Pete Townshend wanted to record a album of the Who in concert but after a european tour which was extensively recorded, he scrapped all the tapes and decided to record two shows, one in Hull, the other in Leeds. The sound quality of the Hull tapes left a lot to be desired so it was "Leeds" that provided the content for the live album which has since become legendary amongst rock fans and Who afficionados alike.
The album catches the band at the peak of their power, four superb musicians who almost had a "psychic" link with one-another when on stage. Now the album has been re-released in it's entirety, you can hear the full show for the first time.
Classics such as My Generation, Magic Bus, I Can't Explain and Tattoo are delivered "with maximum R & B "as the old Who concert posters used to say with thunderous bass lines from John Entwistle, huge metallic chords from Pete Townshend and as ever, the whole thing propelled along by Keith Moon, playing every drum at once accompanied with a cymbal wash that would split eardrums.
They also tackle some old standards wonderfully well, giving the turbo charged treatment to Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues"and Cochran's "Shakin' All Over", both of which have really become their songs. With all of Tommy for the first time on the second CD, this really gives a balanced view of the Who in concert. I saw them live at Earls Court in the early seventies and have to say it was the best ever. This album catches that raw power coupled with virtuoso musical ability. Even if you aren't particularly a Who fan, this album was then and still is now the blueprint for how every live rock album should sound.


Layla & Other Assorted Love So
Layla & Other Assorted Love So

5.0 out of 5 stars Derek at his best, 8 Mar 2004
Eric Clapton put this band together after previous outings with Cream and Blind Faith failed to give him the satisfaction he craved for. Having worked and toured with Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, a gospel/rock outfit in the States, he asked Carl Radle (Bass), Jim Gordon (Drums) and Bobby Whitlock (Keyboards), all from D & B's backing band to form a blues inspired group with him and Duane Allman, slide guitarist supreme from the Allman Brothers band. The results are legendary. Eric was never a particularly confident vocalist, but here he shares duties with other band members whose musical ability shines through on every track. The three man rhythm section form a powerful but never overpowering backdrop for the two guitar virtuosos to play off one another to perfection on songs written by Eric, Bobby Whitlock and Jim Gordon, plus offerings from Jimi Hendrix, Big Bill Broonzy and others. The result is this classic album which in my opinion, Eric has very occasionally equalled but never bettered even though it is now well over thirty years old. If you like this, then try "Live at the Fillmore" to hear the same band on stage. They lasted barely eighteen months together but produced this wonderful masterpiece that will live on forever.


Zazu
Zazu
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Price: £13.95

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosie Vela sings Steely Dan, 13 Dec 2002
This review is from: Zazu (Audio CD)
Back in the early eighties Rosie Vela was just another aspiring singer/songwriter struggling to make a living on the West Coast of the USA. Her husband rented a studio and recorded a demo album of her songs intending to hawk it around the LA producers but he died prematurely before it's completion. Enter Walter Becker and Donald Fagan of Steely Dan who heard the demo tapes and immediately offered to record and produce her collection of songs, resulting in the classic album "Zazu".
Vela's songs capture all the warmth and vitality of the West Coast scene, superb melodies and catchy lyrics backed by the unmistakable instumental virtuosity of Becker and Fagan. UK readers will no doubt recall the only song released as a single from the album, "Magic Smile". The entire album consists of this laid back, feet up and listen style and it's such a pity that this was her only ever offering. If you love Steely Dan, you'll love this album.


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