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This review is from: State To State: Live Across America 1974-1980 (Audio CD)
Trower live in the era that this was recorded is almost always great and this set doesn't disappoint. I could have done without hearing the cover of 'sailing' again I've always hated that song and this version is even worse than the Rod Stewart one. Leaving that aside the band are on fire throughout. Jimmy Dewar is one of the great rock voices although sadly he doesn't often get the credit he deserved.
One minor gripe is with the sleeve notes 'Victims of the future' FFS? Does nobody proof read things nowadays? Maybe they think that anyone buying this will be too old to be capable of reading the small print.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013, 18:07:53 BST
Mr. P. Kelly says:
totally disagree re saIling comment. Actually the studio version on long misty dayS does more than full justice to SBQ original and knots better than Rod the MOds version. However I agree that any live album by RB must be worth hearing having seen live in uK DURING THIS TIME. Anyone who does not have Trower live needs to get this album too, a real classic and in my opinion a rival to the commonly touted Lizzy live album as the best live album of all time.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013, 18:58:59 BST
I. Gillan says:
I guess the 'Sailing' thing is just a matter of taste, I hate the song regardless of the performer. As for 'Live & dangerous' 'Overdubbed in the studio & Dangerous' should have been the title. Made In Japan is my idea of the best live album but there are a few other candidates.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013, 00:54:51 BST
There aren't many official release live albums from bands during the 60's-80's era that haven't had some "clean up & alteration" done in the studio for various reasons. Another pet peeve of mine is changing the original concert running order (Black Sabbath Live Evil).I believe the shows that make up State To State were probably a little sub par sound wise (not performance wise) & that is why it has taken so long to get a legitimate release. Sure there's a little feedback here & there but that was part of the 1970's concert experience! Most classic rock bands have hours & hours of live tapes that were rejected for official release for whatever reason & sometimes the reasons are valid & sometimes not. Inevitably the bootleggers get a hold of some (Zeppelin soundboards for example) & cash in. I have bootlegs ranging from excellent to very poor. I like bootlegs because often you can get a full concert in its entirety, ambiance intact, not a greatest hits concert with tracks culled from different shows even different tours on the same release. In this digital era it is too easy to do a quick fix if the singer hits a bum note but I prefer to hear the mistakes as it happened. Purple's MIJ is excellent but the three disc version has both Osaka shows & the Tokyo show almost complete with only two songs from the three shows not included. As for L & D, its good but I prefer Still Dangerous from Philadelphia 1977 even though it isn't quite as long. Lots of great shows previously only available on bootlegs are finally getting proper releases such as Jimi Hendrix Winterland box, Zep How The West Was Won, Floyd Earls Court '75 & '80-81 ( where is Echoes from 75?, fantastic version, maybe the best ever!), Rainbow Deutschland Tournee 1976 & Humble Pie complete Fillmore. Keep them coming, I never tire of my favorite bands in live setting. ROCK ON!!
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