Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Live In San Francisco 1971’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:00

Flamin Groovies Live coverOriginally a live from the concert vault recording, it seems strange for this to get an official release out of the blue like this – but, hey ho, I'm not complaining: I love a bit of the Groovies!


So what if the sound is pretty much bootleg quality, and at times it sounds like its carrying in the wind, which is a little old school and something audio purists would have a fit over, as the crash of the cymbals sounds like bad static.  And while it features a lot of cover versions, it still has 'Teenage Head' and 'Slow Death' on it, which is a pair of killer songs I'm sure you'd agree?


Bill Graham introduces the band to rabid audience and so begins a very loud rhythm and pop workout from a band right on top of their game as they really lay waste to standards like 'Sweet Little Rock And Roller', 'Shakin All Over' and 'Louie Louie', as well as blues standards given the Groovies treatment.  They turn in a thunderous take on 'Shakin All Over' - but for me the beauty of this recording is captured in the superb 'Slow Death', with its sleazy slide and rollicking drum work out. Having said that, the crowning glory of this recording has to go to the whole of 'Teenage Head' for its intro and chaotic yet powerful riff.


Recorded at the last night of this iconic concert venue, ‘Live…’ is an interesting release. Sonically speaking, it’s for fans only I guess; but, come on, who doesn't love 'Walking The Dog' when its rocked out like this?  Cyril Jordan gives his six string a good seeing to here, especially on some of the covers. 


A band that pretty much forever stayed out of the spotlight and never quite went over ground like some of their contemporaries, this is a set of them at their best before they splintered and the bickering started: so, as a picture in time, this is well worth investigating - even if it precedes their big moment some five years later. In ‘71 they certainly rocked!


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‘Live In San Francisco 1971 is released on 21 April.  You can get your copy HERE.




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