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This live album is generally stigmatized as the nadir of Earle's output, recorded when he was at the bottom of his self-inflicted troubles and about to be dropped by his record company. That's unfair: it's true that the diction may be less than razor-sharp in places, but there are some fine performances and a real sense of occasion. The key Earle classics are here, but the highlight is an electrifying (unfortunate pun, but I can't think of a better word) version of his anti-capital punishment song, Billy Austin, given extra impact by the near-silence of his otherwise spirited Canadian audience.
This was the first Earle album I bought, and I now own the full set. Worth having.