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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Climax Blues Band - FM Live (1973 uk, superb hard blues rock, 2013 remaster)



If you were looking for a band with substantial blues roots, technically excellent playing both individually and collectively, and a live excitement that grabs and never lets go, you couldn't do much better than the Climax Blues Band. This English quartet has been around in roughly the same form ever since Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry were obscure blues singers; and FM Live is a fine sampler of their live act, using uptempo blues-rockers to establish a primal intensity sustained throughout a spirited set.

Colin Cooper's booming baritone vocals and inventive sax blowing (he plays lines like pre-Thirties Chicago blues guitarists) are spectacularly well-blended with Pete Haycock's tastefully flashy guitar, all of which is intertwined around the urgent poundings of a highly sympathetic rhythm section. The result is a lengthy but not excessive show that's highly enjoyable -- the product of a tight, talented professional unit. 
by Gordon Fletcher, Rolling Stone, 4/11/74


Tracks
1. All The Time In The World - 5:48
2. I Am Constant - 3:35
3. Flight - 11:14
4. Seventh Son (Willie Dixon) - 4:44
5. Standing By A River - 5:20
6. So Many Roads (Paul Marshall) - 11:06
7. Mesopopmania - 7:04
8. Country Hat - 6:22
9. You Make Me Sick - 3:35
10. Shake Your Love (Richard Gottehrer, Climax Blues Band) - 3:00
11. Goin' To New York (Full Version) (Jimmy Reed) - 10:25
12. Let's Work Together (Wilbert Harrison) - 6:54
All songs by Climax Blues Band except where indicated.

Climax Blues Band
*Colin Cooper - Vocals, Alto, Tenor Saxes, Guitar
*Pete Haycock - Vocals, Lead Guitar
*Derek Holt - Vocals, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano
*John Cuffley - Drums, Percussion

The Climax Long Hard Road
1969  The Climax Chicago Blues Band (2013 remaster and expanded)
1970  A Lot Of Bottle (2013 remaster and expanded)
1971  Tightly Knit (2013 remastered with bonus tracks)
1972  Climax Chicago - Rich Man (2013 bonus track remaster) 
1973-79  Climax Blues Band - Live Rare And Raw (2014 Release)
1974  Climax Blues Band - Sense Of Direction (2013 remaster and expanded)

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4 comments:

kobilica said...

One of the greatest live album to me.Thank you for esoteric remaster version.Happy christmas"MARIOS".Album THEN PLAY ON remaster will be glad to see...

mscmichael said...

Thanks very much

Phil Gordon said...

Great band and album. Saw them a year after this at the same place, it was amazing. Thanks M!

Alexandr Markov said...

Thanks, Marios!