Chad Mitchell

In Concert -- Everybody's Listening

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This is one of those concert albums that isn't. The Chad Mitchell Trio departed Colpix for Kapp in 1961, leaving Colpix with just four outtakes by the group in the can from its 1960 debut album, The Chad Mitchell Trio Arrives. Cherry-picking two tracks ("I Do Adore Her" and "Sally Ann") from that album and adding in the four unreleased songs, the label then dubbed in audience noise to make a faux live set. This still didn't add up to an album, so six songs from a forgettable quartet known as the Gatemen were grafted on, again with fake crowd noise, and the end result is a disserve to all involved, especially those who actually purchased the record. The CMT do shine on the Irving Burgie chestnut "I Do Adore Her," but the exact same recording had already been on Arrives (minus the badly dubbed crowd effects), and although the version here of "Vaya con Dios" is also pretty good, it only proves that some performances can't be ruined no matter what one does to them. The Gatemen portion of the set is even worse, complete with subpar vocals, a piano player who seems to have wandered in from the nearest lounge bar, some misplaced electric guitar licks, and a drummer who appears to be auditioning for a surf band. The liner notes on this CD reissue continue the ruse that this is actually a concert recording, and one wonders what might have happened had the fake audience gotten up and left this show that never was.

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