British Lions

Live at the Old Waldorf: San Francisco 1978

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Nobody knew it, but British Lions were nearing the end of their life span when this album was recorded, on the eve of recording the Trouble with Women album that would prove their farewell before the end of the year. There are no indications of such dark days here, though, as a full San Francisco audience is held captive by one of the most remarkable hybrids of British rock: part Mott the Hoople, part Medicine Head, but wholly unique in both sound and approach, the British Lions deliver 11 tracks that owe nothing to their storied past beyond the sheer brilliance of the songwriting and the sheer strength of the musicianship. Vocalist John Fiddler is certainly in fine form throughout, while the faithful old Overend Watts/Dale Griffin rhythm section powers the band unblinkingly. The show itself is devastating, then, but there is more to come in the shape of three excellent demos: "One More Chance to Run," "Booster," and the ferociously anthemic "Wild in the Streets."

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