Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - British Tour '76 (1976 uk, stunning hard glam rock, 2004 issue)



British Tour '76 is not an expanded version of the original Live album, despite the similarity in track listings, but a remarkable document of the band's next major tour, in support of the newly released SAHB Stories album. History relates that the group was on the way out now, and certainly its subsequent decline was precipitous. Here, however, Alex and the lads aren't simply firing on all cylinders -- they're enacting one of the finest shows any British stage had ever seen. 

Their seething reinvention of "Amos Moses," the bicentennial gift "Boston Tea Party," and the so-compulsive "Dance to Your Daddy" are the new album's contributions to the show; elsewhere, it's business as usual, as the SAHB dig back into their earliest fare for a mighty "Isabel Goudie" and the inevitable thunder of "Faith Healer"; "Tomahawk Kid," "Vambo," and the encore hit "Delilah" are all present and deliriously correct, but the highlight has to be "Framed," with Alex in full comic Hitler mode, and delivering a routine that you simply couldn't get away with today. That doesn't stop it from being hysterically funny, though, as well as serving as a potent reminder that good taste and great rock & roll have rarely been comfortable bedfellows. 
by Dave Thompson
Tracks
1. Fanfare (D. Wadsworth) - 1:17
2. The Faith Healer (A. Harvey, H. McKenna) - 6:42
3. Tomahawk Kid (A. Harvey, H. McKenna, D.Batchelor) - 5:38
4. Isobel Goudie (Alex Harvey) - 9:40
5. Amos Moses (Jerry Reed) - 6:12
6. Vambo (A. Harvey, H. McKenna) - 6:43
7. Boston Tea Party (A. Cleminson, A. Harvey, H. McKenna) - 7:50
8. Dance To Your Daddy (D. Batchelor, A. Cleminson, C. Glen, A. Harvey, H. McKenna) - 8:42
9. Framed (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 7:39
10.Delilah (Les Reed, Barry Mason) - 5:12

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
*Ted McKenna - Drums, Percussion
*Alex Harvey - Vocals
*Tommy Eyre - Keyboards, Synthesizer
*Chris Glen - Bass
*Zal Cleminson - Guitar


The Senstational Alex Harvey Band
1972-73  Framed / Next 
1974-75  The Impossible Dream / Tomorrow Belongs to Me
1975-76  Live / The Penthouse Tapes
1976/78 Stories / Rock Drill
Related Act
1970  Tear Gas - Piggy Go Getter (Vinyl edition)
1971  Tear Gas - Tear Gas

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