Artist: Phil Seymour Title Of Album: In Concert Archive Series Vol. 3 Year Of Release: 2014 Label: Airline Records Genre: Power Pop, Rock, New Wave Quality: 320 Kbps Total Time: 79:18 min Total Size: 181 MB
CD1: Hong Kong Café Los Angeles 1979
01. My Baby Left Me 02. Love Is Like an Itchin' in My Heart 03. Baby, Come Back 04. Looking For The Magic 05. You're My Lover 06. Trying To Get To You 07. Do I Love You 08. When I Write the Book 09. Baby It's You 10. Come What May 11. Can't Hurry Love 12. Let Her Dance
CD2: Gazzarri's, West Hollywood 1980
01. Baby It's You 02. Love You So Much 03. Won't Finish Here 04. Don't Blow Your Life Away 05. Then We Go Up 06. Precious To Me2:51 07. Let Her Dance3:03 08. Trying To Get To You3:02 09. If You Don't Want My Love 10. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care 11. We Don't Get Along 12. I Found A Love
Phil Seymour was a great rock & roll singer, but more importantly, he was a guy who loved rock & roll, and that simple but crucial fact rings through every moment on this two-disc set, which documents two live sets Seymour played in Los Angeles, one at the Hong Kong Cafe in 1979 (opening for Moon Martin after he left Dwight Twilley's band) and the other at Gazzarri's in 1980 (around the time his self-titled solo album was released). While Seymour had entirely different backing bands on these two sets, musically Phil Seymour in Concert!: Phil Seymour Archive Series, Vol. 3 sounds remarkably consistent -- in both shows, Seymour and company deliver a set that combines power pop energy with rock & roll muscle, and while there is some splendid original material on deck, Seymour includes plenty of covers here, and he sounds like a guy with a fine voice and a stellar record collection, devoting plenty of stage time to classic Elvis tunes (including "My Baby Left Me," "Trying to Get to You," and "You're So Square aby, I Don't Care"), Bobby Fuller's epochal "Let Her Dance," and a pair of Holland-Dozier-Holland gems. (The 1980 concert also includes "If You Don't Want My Love," a collaboration between Phil Spector and John Prine, and try for a moment to imagine a songwriting session between those two.) Seymour was a man with a strong affinity for rock & roll's fabled past, but he and his musicians treat this music as a vital, living thing, and there's a ferocious joy in Seymour's performances that sounds fresh and vigorous more than three decades after these gigs were committed to tape. The audio here is by no means perfect -- both shows seem to have been sourced from cassettes, with the Hong Kong Cafe show apparently an audience tape and the Gazzarri's set sourced from a radio broadcast, complete with an interruption for a station ID -- but the sound doesn't compromise the force of the performances, and this album is another reminder that if rock stardom was rewarded strictly by merit, Phil Seymour would have been a chart-topping hero and the idol of millions. Crank this up and you will dance.
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