LP Condition: Excellent (EX)
Sleeve : Excellent
I’ve seen this LP advertised for £50.00!!
It’s a great live album, I don’t want to sell it really!
Like some other live albums, this one was released to provide an alternative to a bootleg. But in this case, the particular bootleg appeared to be a legitimate release. The early years of John Sebastian’s solo career were bedeviled by a contract dispute involving his move from MGM records to Reprise records, and in the course of it, MGM obtained a tape of a Sebastian concert and released it without his consent under the title John Sebastian Live. That album was withdrawn, but Sebastian countered it with his own concert album, pointedly called Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John Sebastian. Of course, both albums were a response to Sebastian’s popularity as a solo concert attraction in the wake of his appearance in the Woodstock film and on its soundtrack album.Despite the circumstances that led to this album’s creation, fans had reason to rejoice, since it proved to be a definitive statement of Sebastian’s stage show. Alone but for pianist Paul Harris, he ranged through a repertoire including old folk and rock & roll standards, Lovin’ Spoonful songs, and his own recent solo songs. Funny, self-deprecating, and engaging in a wise, yet wide-eyed way, he turned his concert audience into a group of friends and did the same thing to those listening to the LP. Here was a performer capable of reaching back to the music of Jimmie Rodgers and Leadbelly, Carl Perkins, and the Five Satins, demonstrating how such predecessors had influenced the good-time music he made in the ’60s. A virtual jukebox, he made the history of popular music seem like endless fun, and he made people who heard the album wish they’d been at the show.
Mobile Line / Lovin’ You / Fishing Blues / Younger Girl / Make Up Your mind / Rooty-Toot / In the Still of the Night / Blue Suede Shoes / Nashville Cats / Waiting’ For A Train / My Gal / Younger Generation / Darlin’ Be Home Soon / Blues For Dad & JB’s / Happy Harmonica / Amys Theme / Goodnight Irene.