The Sensational Alex Harvey Band


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One more in that so infuriating succession of poorly compiled and zero-annotated Alex Harvey/SAHB compilations that materialized on the shelves during the first five years following his death, Portrait is, likewise, yet another that was compiled in the belief that the only people who'd be interested in such a thing were those who assumed the band's best performances were cover versions. The hit "Delilah" is here, of course, but so are way too many selections from The Penthouse Tapes -- "Crazy Horses," "School's Out," "Cheek to Cheek." A realistic portrait of Alex Harvey, on the other hand, remained buried in the album tracks, B-sides, and live performances that this collection (and too many others like it) seemed hell-bent on ignoring.