Album Details

September 25, 2001
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Pub Rock

Album Review

This is a companion volume to 1999's Live at the BBC, 1974-5, and a little confusing in that regard, as it was evidently intended to cover the John "Gypie" Mayo lineup of the band -- but fully 13 of the 21 cuts here go back to 1973-1975, overlapping with the contents of the earlier disc, and feature Wilko Johnson on lead guitar (not that anyone is complaining about that). Those first 13 cuts, from "She Does It Right" through "Route 66," smoke right off the CD, and easily rate alongside anything the original lineup ever generated in the studio. The eight songs that follow, from sessions on John Peel's radio show and featuring the post-Johnson lineup, are well played but several come off as less inspired and more generic despite the obvious effort being made by the band on numbers like "She's a Wind-Up" and "Baby Jane." However, the last two cuts, "Down at the Doctor's" and "Sugar Shaker," show everyone in top form and every musical nuance clicking perfectly. The sound is excellent and the annotation by Stephen Foster shows an intimate knowledge of and sincere appreciation for the group.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. She Does It Right
  2. I Don't Mind
  3. Riot in Cell Block #9
  4. Tore Down
  5. Checking Up on My Baby
  6. The More I Give
  7. Boom Boom
  8. All Through the City
  9. Talk to Me Baby
  10. I Don't Mind
  11. I'm a Hog for You Baby
  12. Keep It Out of Sight
  13. Route 66
  14. You Upset Me Baby
  15. She's a Wind-Up
  16. Baby Jane
  17. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)
  18. Night Time
  19. Take a Tip
  20. Down at the Doctors
  21. Sugar Shaker