John Sebastian

Live

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Not to be confused with the disavowed and withdrawn 1970 MGM Records album John Sebastian Live, this EMI-Capitol Special Markets budget collection, called simply Live, is an abridged, re-sequenced version of the 1996 album King Biscuit Flower Hour, which presented a John Sebastian concert recorded September 9, 1979, at an anti-nuclear-power benefit show on Long Island. The songs "Mobile Line," "Freezin' from the Inside Out," and "Younger Generation" have been deleted, and the running order has been jumbled up so that, oddly, the concluding numbers have been pushed up front, rendering some of Sebastian's stage remarks perplexing. (Of course, if you don't know the political import of the appearance, his comments sometimes seem to come out of left field, anyway.) Sebastian is, as ever, engaging, mixing solo performances of Lovin' Spoonful songs like "Day Dream" and "Darling Be Home Soon" with solo hits like "Welcome Back" and doing songs that he had not yet recorded, including "Looking for Something Better," which he had just written and which he never did do in a recording studio. While this version of the show is inexpensive, the more complete versions (including the original and such subsequent reissues as From the Front Row Live) are more highly recommended.

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