Recorded at a series of shows in Missouri during March of 1973, the 12 tracks on Archive Alive! capture the group months prior to the making of their first album, performing some surprisingly hard country-rock. From the opener, "Beauty in the River," and in a leaner, brighter version than the subsequent studio version, this disc starts out very good and gets better. "Country Girl," "Homade Wine," "River to the Sun," and "Mountain Range" are all worthwhile, and one of the better songs on this disc, "Sonora," never made it onto any of the group's records, or even appeared before. This song, along with the versions of "River to the Sun" and "Noah" featured here, presents a harder-rocking side of the band, a little less like Firefall and more like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder