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on 31 January 2006
I heard this album at at a community in New Zealand at a party, a little slow for a party but it works because the music is so amazing. When i got back a played it to everyone i knew, from hard rockers to jazz enthusiasts and everything in between and it works. I listen to songs from this everyday and i never grow tired of them. "Runnin'" is a real chill out track which will get you accustomed to the heavy bass which runs through the album, "Rain" is for the brass section and MU on the beats, "No Parking" really shows Joe Dukies ability as a soulful singer. All round this album is great and its over 70 minutes, for 4 songs!!! It gives you an idea of they jam songs out. Ideal for any occasion, bang on.
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on 15 May 2010
I think the blatantly unpolished quality of this album is what makes it so unique. This was recorded live at Fat Freddy's "local", the Matterhorn in Wellington NZ, during the early days of their career. They were still some years from finding international fame and acclaim on the back of their first commercial success; Based on a True Story.
From then, Fat Freddy's has been in the mainstream (kind of) and rarely these days do you get a chance to hear them simply jamming, like you do on this album.
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on 6 May 2014
Excellent service, packing & postage.

I've already got this cd but had to buy one for a friend who heard it & loved it & anotheer copy for my 17 month old grandson who really loves it.
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on 22 July 2007
Dont get me wrong I am a big fan of Fat Freddys Drop but found this album a bit self indulgent and flat. Dukies voice which is one of the finest around seems to go a bit pear shaped here and there too. It all kind of meanders and doesnt have enough light and shade, I guess you had to be there. I have seen them live on a couple of occasions and each time they were absolutely superb, great energy and performances all round. I guess I expected more of the same on this album but felt a little short changed
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on 7 February 2009
I was introduced to Fat Freddys Drop through through Gilles Peterson Worldwide, and immediately hunted out Based on a True Story, which I thought was a superb album. When I found out that they had recorded a live album I decided that I really had to give it a listen.

Released in 2001, some four years before before Based on a True Story, Live at the Matterhorn is a completely different beast to their debut studio album. Containing a mere four tracks, what we have here isn't the focused reggae/funk/jazz sounds that we have come to expect from The Drop, but instead some long, drawn out, gentle funky jazz pieces that settle into a groove, and just lay down some lovely rythms. Well, that does sound very much like Fat Freddys Drop, admittedly, but the shortest track on this album is twelve minutes long, two others being eighteen minutes long, and the longest being twenty one minutes long. That's what I mean when I say they settle into a groove, settle and then some! Slow, drawn out, but wonderfully focused, occasionally improvised, it's just the seven piece enjoying themselves, feeling the grooves, expanding upon them subtly and just generally proving that they are superb musicians with a great understanding of music.

Lou Donaldson described it perfectly when he said "I don't care what kind of style a group plays as long as they settle into a groove where the rhythm keeps building instead of changing around. It's like settin' tobacco in a pipe. You put some heat on it and make it expand. After a while, it's there. It's tight." He may not have been reffering to The Drop, but he hit the nail right on the head. An awesome album, and if you can handle twenty minute long jazz tracks, go get it.
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on 17 October 2014
Wow!! earlier sounds from fat Freddy's, shows how well they have maintained a great style, even from the beginning!
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on 20 November 2015
great concert nice vinyl
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