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The Best Of The Sensational Alex Harvey
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2011
This is an excellent compilation which covers Alex Harvey's career from its beginnings upto and including the SAHB era. It has (almost) all the hits (Bar Room Blues is missing) but all the others are present are collect. Some songs are duplicated but the live vesrions are so memorable (especially if you've ever seen the Old Grey Whistle Test performances) the duplication is forgivable. It also includes a good selection of SAHB album tracks. Its made me want to dig out my old vinyl copies of my original SAHB albums and buy a turntable. Great memories of a sensational performer. A recommended purchase.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2011
As I didn't own anything by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, this new 2CD on Spectrum struck me as the perfect introduction - especially at such a low price. The 35 track set covers his entire career and includes a number of rarities along with detailed sleeve notes, a couple of archive photographs, and images of original vinyl discs and picture sleeves.

CD1 is made up solely of recordings by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, including the UK Top 20 hits `Delilah' (recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon), `Boston Tea Party'. The remaining tracks are a mixture of covers (Framed, Giddy Up A Ding Dong, Next, School's Out, Crazy Horses, King Kong) and original material - all dating from 1972-77.

CD2 features further band recordings from this period, again including a number of covers such as `I Just Want To Make Love To You', `Tomorrow Belongs To Me' and `Cheek To Cheek'. The BBC archives are exploited with the inclusion of Old Grey Whistle Test performances from 1973 of `The Faith Healer', `Next', `Delilah' and `Give My Compliments To The Chef'. An added bonus is the Top Of The Pops recording of `Boston Tea Party'.

The second disc also includes tracks from earlier in Alex's career. A version of The Isley Brothers' `Shout' is credited to Alex Harvey And His Soul Band and is followed by an early recording of `Framed'. `Agent Oo Soul' (which features Steve Winwood on piano) and `Roman Wall Blues' are credited simply to Alex Harvey, dating from 1965 and 1969 respectively, while `Hair' and a cover of The Beatles' `Birthday' are from "`Hair' Rave Up" and credited to Alex Harvey & The Hair Musical Pit Band. The set closes with the marvellously titled `There's No Lights On The Christmas Tree Mother, They're Burning Big Louie Tonight'.

Overall this is a cracking 2CD set - perfect for anyone like me who has only recently heard Alex, but with enough rarities for committed fans too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
I first hear of Alex Harvey when his death was announced on the BBC news so I never got to see him live, which is a shame. Recently I heard a snippet of Faith Healer on Radio 4 and immediately searched for a CD on Amazon with Autorip (sadly the turntable is in need of some TLC).

Within minutes I was listening to the album and it is so good. Some tracks I had never heard before, were a joy. The standards Faith Healer, Boston Tea Party, Framed etc are represented here. I loved his version of Shout.

There's a wide selection of tracks here, which shows Alex's range in his repertoire. I don't know if I'd quite describe it as the "best of" in the traditional sense of such compilations but it is certainly gives the "best flavour" of a very talented individual.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2013
Not sure if asked that any fan of Alex would agree on half of the choices here as being "Best Of" For me I think you're better off with the twofers on sale at Amazon. A little more expensive but I bet you'll play them morte often than two thirds of this. A bit of a cash in methinks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
One of the better compilations around,especially as it contains "Delilah" from the BBC Archives plus a few early solo recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2014
Sadly undervalued in his lifetime and now apparently consigned to oblivion. This band and it's leader show that rock 'n roll is fun.
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on 25 April 2013
This collection is amazing and acts as a great companion to the original albums or as a starter collection for people new to SAHB. I saw the band many times in the 1980s and have recently started to get back into them again. They are one of my favourite bands ever and certainly the best to ever come out of Scotland. I would particularly recommend this to younger folks out there who may not know much about this amazing band and want to learn more.
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on 20 October 2013
Super memories of a time of great performers. This is a great collection of SAHB songs. The satirical humour and innovative music themes are timeless. This is one of the bands whose superb live performances come out well on recordings. Old stuff but still different and refreshing. Pity the "Stone Eater" was not included. God love Alex RIP.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2011
Whilst there is no doubting the quality of the music on this compilation,I personally would have prefered tracks from Alex's later cd's ie; "The soldier on the wall" and "The mafia stole my guitar" rather than Alex's earlier material.Yes, i know these 2 cds's were released on a different label to most of Alex's better known material,But surely there must be a way round it.I would have hoped that someone could really do a great job and release a real retrospective of Alex Harvey's career,there is enough material available to put together a box set that covers everything.Overall a good compilation at a good price,But lets get a real career box set out that covers everything.Surely the great man deserves it.
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on 1 January 2015
Wow what can one say about Alex Harvey and band coming from same city they have been in my collection long time have their stuff on albums he has long history in music before his death before his time great guy great band great music.
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