The early '70s saw some of hard rock's all-time great acts truly hit their stride -- perhaps more so than any other time in the history of rock. And one group that seemed destined for greatness during this era was Trapeze, who were a bit of a stylistic chameleon -- that could effortlessly shift from doing Black Sabbath-y metal to Stevie Wonder-like funk. But for various reasons, Trapeze never reached the stratosphere like many of their contemporaries did. However, many consider the group to have been an extraordinary live act, and the concert compilation, Live: Way Back to the Bone, certainly has its moments of sonic evidence. Containing previously unreleased material recorded live in 1972 -- and featuring only the definitive Glenn Hughes-Mel Galley-Dave Holland lineup -- Live: Way Back to the Bone features solid renditions of such Trapeze classics as the funk-rockers "You Are the Music" and the title track, as well as the slowly building headbanger, "Medusa." While probably not the definitive Trapeze live document (since it is not a complete performance), Live: Way Back to the Bone does deliver a showcase of standouts from the Hughes-Galley-Holland songbook.
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato