Blackfoot

Hits You Remember: Live

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This nine-track disc features the same musical contents as Greatest Hits Live (2003), the even less specific Live (2000), and most appropriately, King Biscuit Flower Hour (1998). In fact, prior to being released on CD, the performance was initially aired on the weekly syndicated radio concert series. Blackfoot became known as a second-tier Southern rock combo and was formed by onetime Lynyrd Skynyrd member Rickey Medlocke (guitar/vocals), whose efforts as a primary percussionist can be heard throughout the highly recommended Skynyrd's First: Complete Muscle Shoals (1998) collection. His direct, albeit brief, connection with the godfathers of confederate rock & roll gave him the experience and leverage for Blackfoot, which initially was one of the only units consisting completely of Native Americans. On Hits You Remember: Live (2001), Blackfoot are captured at the Palladium in Hollywood on August 10, 1983, touring behind their sixth studio album, Siogo (1983). The set list includes "Teenage Idol" from that LP, as well as the piledriving "On the Run" from Tomcattin' (1980). Among other recommended originals are the lengthy "Train, Train," as well as "Livin' in the City" and the should-have-been Skynyrd sound-alike "Highway Song." However, the band's evolution ultimately led them to a less melodic and exceedingly heavier approach, as this version demonstrates. Many of the intricacies that gave the familiar version such appeal are lost in favor of heavily distorted lead electric guitars and an equally heavy-handed execution. Absent on this specific incarnation is the extended telephone "Interview With Rickey Medlocke," which first surfaced at the conclusion of the aforementioned King Biscuit Flower Hour. Die-hard enthusiasts will inevitably want to obtain this material, and Hits You Remember: Live is as good a place as any to get it.

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