I still have the original vinyl recording from 1971........and this box set is utterly magnificent. Why? Well, I've been listening to the "original" for 42 years, I know every note, every nuance and here we have the raw source material from which the "original" was cobbled together. And I do mean cobbled together. There's the bits of vocal that were silenced out on the "original" Rollin Stone, the cuts made to Guilded Splinters, the transfer of vocals & solo's from one song to another - all laid bare to show just how we were all ripped off with the original album - an entire career based upon a live album that was, essentially, a fake........ that's business for ya.
Which is exactly why this boxed is so valuable - even though the original release was a pastiche from these 4 shows, the actual music is blistering, the performances exhilarating. each show is a show within it's own right (not as stupid as that sounds!). I love the mistakes, the bum notes on solo's, the variances on Marriott's little tales that he tells, the whole politically incorrectness of it (it's rock n roll, and PC has no place in there) - THIS is what rock n roll is really about! Not the sterile rubbish we get nowadays where every night is a repeat of the previous night. THIS is a rock n roll band in full flight, including jamming, making errors & recovering from them so well that you don't even notice them. Remember, Jerry Shirley is barely 19 years old.... what a drummer. And the now deceased Greg Ridley - what a rhythmn section - forget all the other bands, those two men play together, and I do mean together. This is the hottest live act in the world - bar none and there has never really been anyone as good as these guys. As Alice Cooper said after Pie supported him one time "how the f*** am I supposed to follow that"!!
If you ever want to find out just how good the 70's era is, in terms of balls to the wall rock, this is the set to get. If you ever want to know how to approach playing covers, this is the band to heed. If you ever want to have the hair on your neck stand up, send shivers down your spine, make your hands sweat and just revel in what can only be described as a f***ing good time - THIS is the best you will ever hear.
There has never been another white male voice/character/front man quite like Marriott, there probably never will be, he was just unique and had cocaine not done its' dirty work on him, who knows how good things might have been? Frampton is, and always has been, a greatly under-rated guitarist. But when you put those four lads, in their prime, having a great time and just letting rip..... you have the finest rock n roll band in the land. Shouty, ballsy, let's party.
Buy it. In fact, buy it several times and earn yourself some good kharma by giving them away as freebies to all your rockin n rollin friends. It's that good.