The Limeliters


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Recording for Memphis' soul-soaked Stax label was somewhat of a surprise for Limeliters' fans, but any uncertainties about this album are instantly dispelled once the familiar strains of "Joy A\cross the Land" are heard to open the record. Yes, Lou, Alex, and Glenn were back, all heavier ("It was our fat period," Alex likes to report), but soberly glad to be back together again in concert after ten years. The reunion was held in 1973 at Chicago's stately Orchestra Hall, but the trio soon reduced the hall's cavernous depths to the intimacy of a small folk club. The quintessential Limeliters song, "Acres of Limeliters," is here for the first time, in which the group adapted an old folk tune, sometimes called "Acres of Clams," and turned it into an autobiographical, self-deprecating summary of their career together. The group had a band this time (including Gottlieb's son Tony), but it was unintrusive and worked well with the trio. Gottlieb's discourses are noted on the record label as simply "Rap," an understatement if there ever was one.