Posts Tagged ‘live

21
Aug
17

Lionel Hampton “Apollo Hall Concert 1954”

If you believe the title of this record, and why not, it’s a live recording of Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra from 1954 at Apollo Hall. There are some audience noises, but not so much that it’s annoying. I find live rock records almost unlistenable (except maybe in a ironic, comic way) due to the crowd noise, dumb shit said between songs, and the sped-up, adrenaline (or coke) fueled versions of songs. Maybe I’m kinder to live  jazz because I know less about it; I can’t confidently tell a good performance from a bad one, but I guess I definitely like some much more than others—performances, musicians, and songs. My dad had a lot of Lionel Hampton records (not this one, but it inspires nostalgia, nonetheless) and my parents played them, so did I, so I kind of grew up listening to him. For whatever reason, vibraphone is my favorite instrument, or second to piano. In some extensive liner notes on the back of this album cover, the anonymous author goes on and on about how popular Lionel Hampton was at this time. As familiar as I am with his music, I know little about him, so maybe I’ll read more—but some other time. The liner notes just about put me under, just now. I’m still reading, actually. It’s a good record, though the last number kind of bums me out—too loud, fast, energetic, crowd-pleasing—though I’m sure if I was seeing it live in 1954, I’d be into it. The liner notes didn’t do much for me either, though I did like this line, when talking about the importance of rhythm: “Rhythm, which exercises a similar intoxicating effect to a glass of good, heady wine, but which leaves no unpleasant hangover.”

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14
May
08

Alcatrazz “Live Sentence”

Was Alcatrazz (TM) the first band to put the trademark symbol by their name? Who cares! This record, from the culturally bottomed out year of 1984, is a LIVE record, of course, but not particularly any worse for that reason (as is usually the case with live records). In fact, it makes a lot of sense, in that when you have an exceptionally wanky guitar player, why not just take it to the Nth extreme, live? And he does! This is pretty much a wankster classic! I’m sure it would be a badge of honor for most guitar players to make someone’s ears bleed, but this is not good. My ears are bleeding, literally BLEEDING from listing to guitar excess on a record player! It would almost be something to behold if it wasn’t so painful.




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