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5.0 out of 5 stars Buck a big hit in Japan, 6 Mar 2010
Richard Loder "good old country music" (Manchester,England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In Japan (Audio CD)
A wonderful live recording of a 1967 Concert in Tokyo, Japan. This was about a year after the Carnegie Hall Concert, and as widely hailed as that was, and the resulting album was superb, this live concert, to me, edges ahead. It is probably the ambience, the interplay between Buck and the Japanese MC, the repartee with the wildly enthusiastic crowd, and of course the playing which is incredible.
Given the surroundings, it might seem silly to compare live recordings with studio versions, but for many people, such hits as Open Up Your Heart and Roll Out the Red Carpet sound better here than on the original cuts. Certainly,Second Fiddle is given a lovely performance, and notice how early in the running order it is. Buck knew just when to grab the audience. Most of the songs here are not normally his most popular, but put together in this package, and with this performance, they just fly. The band even contributes a specially written polka instrumental.
If you already have the Carnegie Hall Concert, and it should be in every collection, do not be put off adding this recording to it. I cannot say that it is the best live concert ever, but I will say it is up there with the best of them, and it is very good indeed.
Sundazed have improved the original sound which was always very good, and the CD sounds exceptional, particularly with decent headphones. The booklet contains some contemporary photographs of the tour in Japan; it must have been a real coming together of cultures.
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