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on 14 April 2014
We have been waiting a long time for this ... and, oh boy, was it worth the wait.
If you've never seen AA live can I suggest you make every effort to catch them in concert as they are one of the finest live acts you will ever see. Their musicianship, songwriting, tightness as a band take some beating.
The production is excellent, catching the band at their best in London ... Miles Gilderdale and founder Greg Carmichael playing guitars with Fred White on keyboards and the Grainger brothers forming an excellent rhythm unit.
You can tell I am a big fan, have been for years, and this just completes the collection.
Hugely successful in the US, they deserve much more acclaim on home soil and the more people that hear them the better.
Buy this CD, you won't regret it.
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on 27 April 2014
This is an exceptional Acoustic Alchemy album. Their body of studio work is great. I've been following them from the start, and I've enjoyed the evolution of their sound album to album. Seeing them live is always a joy, usually as a 5 piece - 2 guitars, keyboards, bass and drums with the occasional guest on saxophone or trumpet. This live album was recorded in London with the latest incarnation of the group (and no guest). It must have been recorded at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, but the album notes don't say that. That's the only London venue that I know they've played in the last few years. I've seen them there and at The Stables, but not last year or this. Listening to this album that's now a big regret, but this makes up for it big time. The live setting allows them to relax and stretch out the arrangements. There is an extra energy and immediacy to their interplay that is really difficult to recreate in the studio, and this recording captures that live essence perfectly.

Greg Carmichael playing nylon guitar has been there from the first album in 1987. Miles Gilderdale plays steel and electric guitar, and has been involved since my particular favourite album Positive Thinking in 1998. They do the writing and production, except for the earlier pre-1987 material composed with original member Nick Webb who sadly died during the recording of Positive Thinking. Fred White is on keyboards here, and Greg and Gary Grainger are the brothers playing drums and bass. This is a tight band on the top of its form on a double album of high quality performances covering a spread of material from the very first album to the most recent. Stone Island from 1987's Red Dust and Spanish Lace, Overnight Sleeper from 1988's Natural Elements, Ariane from 1989's Blue Chip, Homecoming from 1990's Reference Point, Jamaica Heartbeat from 1991's Back On The Case, Lazeez from 1994's Against The Grain, Angel of the South and The Beautiful Game from 2000's The Beautiful Game, Tuff Puzzle and Passion Play from 2001's Aart, No Messin' from 2003's Radio Contact, Marrakesh and One For Shorty and Templemeads and Sand On Her Toes and Roseland and A Kinder Loving from 2011's Roseland. Every version is good. Greg's playing stands out on Roseland and Ariane. Miles' electric guitar is brilliant on Templemeads and Lazeez. Gary and Greg get to showcase on Tuff Puzzle. Fred White's piano on A Kinder Loving is awesomely mellow, but the truth is that the band are great on all tracks, giving a really integrated atmosphere, great touches and solos. Even the Miles band introduction is a "nice to have" to capture a little of his silly, typically English humour as the front man.

The production is clean and intimate. I'd love to here Georgia Peach or Positive Thinking played by this band (a request for the next tour please). This is both a must have album for Acoustic Alchemy fans and a great introduction to their body of work.
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on 19 April 2014
This CD incorporates all that is good about a live album, five guys working in harmony with each other, and creating what can only be said as something really special. The musicianship is as always first class, but it's the strong melodies, the tone and pitch of two guitars played with passion and determination that really do single this double CD out, as being one of their greatest achievements.

Sit back relax, and let Acoustic Alchemy take you on a wondrous journey into their musical world.....
you won't regret it.
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on 22 April 2014
I've been a huge fan of the band for quite a while and have most of their albums but THIS one is fantastic. It captures the energy and spirit of the band way more than any studio recording can. I always see them when they come to London and was there on one of the nights when this album was recorded and the only thing this album doesn't reflect is the great appreciation the audience gives them for their not insignificant talent. Get this album and go and see them live - they lift your heart and soul with their music.
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on 1 May 2014
This is a fantastic double album by A A and well worth the money. I have been buying there albums since the late 1980's when they were just a duo, and has been said I am one of those people that have never seen them live. The actual recording is top class especially when turned up on a Hi-Fi system, so I am full of praise for the sound man. I really hope this will not be the last live recording from A A.
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on 24 October 2015
Like other reviewers here I’ve followed A.A. from the start and I think we could all agree that they’re in a class of their own. If you’ve never heard of Acoustic Alchemy, this album might help you to understand some of the praise.
Others have commented on the good sound quality of the CD. I’ve found this to be the only A.A. album also available as a (24 bit, 48kHz) high resolution file (ensure that it is legitimate). Amazon have taken for consideration, my comment to them that they should start to offer high resolution files for sale where available. This CD may be all you require but if your DAC / amp / speakers / ears are up to it, high resolution will allow you to hear the full quality of the recording.
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on 19 November 2014
I agree with other reviewers - this is a great album. I have been to most AA London Pizza Express concerts over the last decade and this captures the moment perfectly. Great recording quality and a great section of tracks. It won't be far from the top of my 'must play' pile.
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on 20 October 2014
A fantastic album from the best live act out there
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on 17 July 2014
Great live album with brilliant vibe.
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on 9 January 2015
they've still got in brilliant
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