Roy Harper

The BBC Tapes, Vol. 6: In Concert With Andy Roberts 1978

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It has always been interesting when the usually solo Roy Harper teams up with likeminded acoustic talents for performances. He has done so with Andy Roberts in the '70s, Jimmy Page in the '80s, and son Nick Harper in the '90s, all with intriguing results. This set highlights an entire show with Roberts, and it is quite simply one of the best overall concerts of Harper's career. Roberts' playing complemented Harper's quite well, and this freed up Harper to concentrate on the singing. Another fine version of "The Same Old Rock" is included, as well as a stunning interpretation of "One of Those Days in England, Pts. 2-10." Bullinamingvase, released a year before this 1978 performance, was really the last great Harper album until well into the '80s, and even that was just a one-off genius pairing of Harper with Page on Jugula. This show is therefore the live equivalent of Bullinamingvase, as it was really the last time that Harper's voice, new material, and guitar tone were all in top form at the same time. Harper went on to rebound in the '90s, both on album and on the live circuit, but this release is a necessary bookend to his stunning career-opening live disc, Live at Les Cousins.