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Live! Extended Versions

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A budget-price distillation of the King Biscuit Flower Hour album, Live! Extended Versions is a fairly pointless release. For some reason, two songs, "Point of Know Return" and "House on Fire," were excised, as were the liner notes, cover art, and credits, and the concert was sequenced differently as well. (The curious title is a mystery, since these aren't extended versions in the sense of remixes, and in fact the live versions aren't especially extended here). The sound quality, as could be expected, is excellent, and the performances are as polished as well, though fans of guitarist Steve Morse, who was a member of this lineup, will be rather disappointed that he never gets an extended solo showcase. For fans who can't find the King Biscuit set, this will probably be a cheap, decent substitute, but the original issue remains a far better purchase.

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