Cassidy Live!

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Recorded live on his 1974 world tour, at the height and, though nobody knew it, in the final days of Cassidy-mania, Cassidy Live is a peculiar document, on the one hand standing as an indication of just how fierce the hysteria around the lad was, but, on the other, living proof of what a sensational showman he was. The backdrop of frenzied screaming that accompanies every note, every move, and, most of all, every hit is relentless -- even mixed way down behind the music, you cannot miss it and listening to the album one cannot help but wonder precisely what Cassidy was doing on-stage to provoke the sudden outbursts of keening. A twitch to the left -- shriek! A twitch to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Recorded live on his 1974 world tour, at the height and, though nobody knew it, in the final days of Cassidy-mania, Cassidy Live is a peculiar document, on the one hand standing as an indication of just how fierce the hysteria around the lad was, but, on the other, living proof of what a sensational showman he was. The backdrop of frenzied screaming that accompanies every note, every move, and, most of all, every hit is relentless -- even mixed way down behind the music, you cannot miss it and listening to the album one cannot help but wonder precisely what Cassidy was doing on-stage to provoke the sudden outbursts of keening. A twitch to the left -- shriek! A twitch to the right -- shriek! A quick burst of truly filthy gyration...well, we won't be seeing that roof again. The dozen songs that comprise the album add up to, more or less, a solid survey of the many faces Cassidy had worn since launching his solo career -- a handful of light pop favorites "Breaking up Is Hard to Do," "How Can I Be Sure", interspersed with Broadway musical standards "Bali Hai", then punched through with some rockers that are all the more convincing for appearing so unexpected. "Mae" serves up a quite scintillating guitar solo, Leon Russell's "Delta Lady" is at least as beguiling as Joe Cocker's hit version, while Lennon/McCartney's "Please Please Me" ranks up there with any Fabs cover you could name. Indeed, with the screaming now at its peak, it comes as close to recapturing the heady days of the Beatles' own brush with mayhem than anything this side of their own live recordings. There's another shock in Cassidy's excellent interpretation of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" -- evidence way ahead of its time of the direction Cassidy's mid- to late-'70s output would be moving. But the highlight is the rock & roll medley that closes the show with a verve and panache that defies the star's reputation as mere teeny-bait. The Osmonds, at this time his greatest rival in the media superstar stakes, were airing a similar construct in their live shows of the day, but there really is no comparison -- no polite one, anyway. Rock history has sidelined Cassidy with a finality that seems almost personal, shovelling him up a teen idol side street from which the only escape was retirement and resignation. Cassidy Live, however, was recorded while he still thought he had a chance of advancing -- and few period live albums come even close to capturing its excitement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064000860
  • Catalog Number: 400086
  • Sales rank: 65,273

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Cassidy Primary Artist
Michael Been Bass, Background Vocals
Richard Delvy Percussion
Henry Diltz Harmonica, Background Vocals
Gloria Grinel Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Trish Turner Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Steve Ross Guitar
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Kim Carnes Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
David Cassidy Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peggy Clinger Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Johnny Cymbal Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Dave Ellingson Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gary Montgomery Composer
Tony Romeo Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jim Pierson Reissue Producer
Richard Penniman Composer
Vic Anesini Remastering
Mike Ragogna Liner Notes
Rob Santos Producer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Terry Dempsey Composer
Max Freedman Composer
Gordon Anderson Reissue Producer
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