Live at the BBC

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Steve Earle has long had a loyal following in the United Kingdom after Guitar Town was embraced by the British music press, so it's no great surprise that the BBC has recorded a few of his concerts in England for later broadcast. Live at the BBC features a 13-song show Earle played at London's Town & Country Club on November 29, 1988, as well as four songs from a show cut for Liz Kershaw's show on April 16, 1987. The 1988 performance (which was previously released on CD as BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert) finds Earle in enthusiastic and talkative form, playing a number of songs from the recently released Copperhead Road as well some earlier favorites, an interpretation of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Steve Earle has long had a loyal following in the United Kingdom after Guitar Town was embraced by the British music press, so it's no great surprise that the BBC has recorded a few of his concerts in England for later broadcast. Live at the BBC features a 13-song show Earle played at London's Town & Country Club on November 29, 1988, as well as four songs from a show cut for Liz Kershaw's show on April 16, 1987. The 1988 performance (which was previously released on CD as BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert) finds Earle in enthusiastic and talkative form, playing a number of songs from the recently released Copperhead Road as well some earlier favorites, an interpretation of the traditional English folk song "When Will We Be Married," and a honky tonk cover of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" (which he describes as "a perfectly good British hillbilly song"). The set isn't as expansive or ambitious as on Earle's 1991 live album Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator, but Earle is in better voice, and this edition of the Dukes sounds less road weary (though someone needed to get Ken Moore an electric piano that didn't sound so obviously fake). However, the recording isn't as strong as the later live disc, with the vocals echoey and pushed back in the mix and the guitars rarely cutting through the way they should; the flaws aren't fatal, but much of this sounds like it was intended for a one-time radio broadcast (which it was) rather than an archival release. The remaining tracks (from a concert at an unnamed venue in Manchester) sound a little cleaner but a bit on the flat side, though Earle and his band are once again in fine, rowdy form. Live at the BBC is the sixth authorized Steve Earle live disc to arrive in the marketplace (seventh if you include the earlier incarnation of the 1988 performance), and it's hard to tell who beyond hardcore fans will be interested at this point, but it does preserve the great songwriter on two good nights during his first run of fame, and it's more satisfying than most of the man's other concert recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602517933767
  • Catalog Number: 001245002
  • Sales rank: 106,089

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Earle Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ken Moore Keyboards
Bucky Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar
Ron Kling Bass
Kelly Looney Bass
Mike McAdam Guitar
Donnie Roberts Guitar
Harry Stinson Drums
Craig Wright Drums
Michael McAdam Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Earle Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Steve Robertshaw Engineer
Rob Noakes Producer
Jimbeau Hinson Composer
Traditional Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Earle's Latest makes the past available to the present on this side of the pond

    This Album whitch was made from a much earlier part of his career; before He started to Experiment with More serious subjects And styles
    is Earle at his best And Includes What I consider HIS best song(usaally left off of his GR.Hits & comp. albums) "devil's Right hand" as Well as some of his standerds of the time Copperhead road,My old freind the blues,Fearless Heart Etc. If his next one (due out May 12th(plug plug))
    witch isa A tribute album to his late friend, Hero And Mentor Townes Van Zandt is as good; It should be A hit. I can't wait for a all new Material
    (even mostly new) album to come out.

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