The Alex Harvey Band

BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert

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The Sensational Alex Harvey Band was engagingly lunatic live; Alex Harvey was the most lunatic of the lot, rocketing around the stage, up the scaffolding, howling furiously into his microphone (sometimes abandoning the microphone but keeping up the howl). These shows resulted in the sale of quite a few copies of Framed and Next, the first two SAHB albums. Alas, Harvey's work seemed to peter out after a few albums -- and then Harvey himself, after a long illness, died of a heart attack. This album covers the early SAHB period, with terrific, energetic renditions of SAHB showstoppers (no "Vambo Marble Eye," alas), recorded for the BBC at two different shows. Windsong initially released this in Britain; Griffin's release is the first domestic U.S. release. Overall, this is a great live document of a brilliant band -- get it.

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