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4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

on 30 August 2000
It's been a long time coming. This was an album available on vinyl only on import and is a very welcome addition to the growing Chapman collection - we're still waiting for his mid- to late-1970s albums, but this will do fine for now.
The album was made under difficult circumstances, as the liner notes indicate, but it is a fine example of Michael Chapman live both solo and with a band recorded in the '70s. From the opening medley of "Party Pieces" and "Rock'n'Roll Jigley" performed on solo acoustic to the great chugging full band version of "Shuffleboat River" this is Michael Chapman doing what he does best - performing his hard as brass, no-nonsense songs live and playing electric guitar.
The sound quality seems to be much improved on than my old vinyl copy, which always sounded "thin". However, if I have any gripes, then it's over the bonus tracks. Hearing "Sea of Wine" and "Hero Returns" really is a bonus, but do we really need two versions of three of the songs? I'm sure there were other songs from the two nights worth hearing. If not, the liner notes could have mentioned why? Oh well, just a thought. I'm not complaining, it is worth buying as a document of Michael Chapman working with a band. Now perhaps someone will get round to releasing all those other great albums from the '70s - "Deal Gone Down" for instance!
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