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Electricity By Candlelight / NYC 2/13/97

Alex ChiltonAudio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar None Records
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

On the night of February 13, 1997 Alex Chilton and his band were getting ready to play their second set of the night at the Knitting Factory in New York City when the lights went out. What happened was this album, a spontaneous off the cuff performance. This is Alex thinking on his feet, in the moment, bouncing songs and ideas off the folks that stuck around for a real one-of-a-kind exchange. This is as close and personal as it gets. Much of the material will be new to even hard core fans, there's Johnny Cash to the Beach Boys.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fly On The Wall, Cassette Recorder In Hand October 9, 2013
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I almost dreaded receiving this, after reading a few nasty reviews, but I really like this now official bootleg of Alex Chilton
in 1997, with no microphone and just an acoustic guitar and one of his guys playing the snare with a brush as a band. Like
many audience recordings, you'd love to hear more Alex and less giggling drunk girl or drunk dude who yells "Wooooo!" over and
over again. That's the nature of this sort of thing. You can stream it online to get a sense of what it sounds like; it reminds me very much of
the audience recordings of the Velvet Underground shows that have seen official release in the past years. I think my vinyl sounds better
than the mp3 files online, but this is anti-audiophile in nature, and yet filled with atmosphere. Alex is actually in a good mood for once, and seems to
be doing what he loves - anyone's songs but his own, and the cornier, the better. It's nice to hear him interacting and joking with the crowd in a way
that has nothing to do with turning down shouted requests for Big Star and Box Tops songs - though there is a bit of that at the beginning.

You'd have to be a hard core fan of Alex, and used to his solo years POV to like this. I'm one of those people, and I am really glad I got this.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For hardcore completists only October 8, 2013
Format:Audio CD
There was a lot of online pre-release hype for this recording, most of it favorable, and probably all generated by the label. This is not some lost treasure. It is garbage. It is a terrible audience recording, and frequently the audience is louder than Chilton, especially some drunken woman who was a lot closer to the microphone than Chilton was. After a few songs, the drummer starts playing along with a brush on snare drum, the audience starts singing along, and you can barely hear Alex.
This was recorded at a club in New York in 1997, after a power outage. Chilton borrowed an acoustic guitar, and someone in the audience had a cheap tape recorder. The quality is hard to take, even for one listen. The only reason to buy this mess, unless you are a fanatic, is the bonus studio track, "You can Bet Your Heart On Me."
I knew Alex Chilton for more than 35 years. I did sound for one of his bands(and usually recorded them through the sound board), and saw him play live nearly 200 times. This recording is not essential, and not something any sane person would want to listen to more than one time. It is on a par with Beatles Live at the Star Club. Imagine Beach Boys Party recorded on a $20 tape recorder.
Alex Chilton would have never signed off on this terrible product. He would not have wanted it out on the market.
I'm sure the people that attended this had a great time, but any joy they felt does not transfer to this dismal release. I miss Alex. This recording does nothing for his legacy. Shame on Bar None Records for releasing this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Make Sure to Listen to the Samples First, ALL OF THEM! November 13, 2013
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I am a long time Big Star fan and have followed and enjoyed most of Alex's solo work. What we learn here, is that on this evening in New York City, in spite of a power outage, Alex was happy and willing to play for the fans that had gathered to see him.
Alex is a good guy who respects and appreciates his audience. If you listen all of the way through you'll notice he's pretty comfortable and loose and that playlist... What playlist? The songs are all over the place. Everyone's flying by the seat of their pants and having a great time. You can imagine it was a magical evening that those in attendance will never forget.

Sadly, not much of it transfers onto this recording. So I'm writing this review to hopefully save you the $10 I wasted.

You see, the show has started and one of Alex's fans has a portable cassette deck which is making a poor recording of the show. An extremely poor recording. Just awful. I for one have nothing against audience bootlegs. I've made a few myself. All sorts of folks trade them all over the internet. This recording should have never gotten past that level of distribution.

When a record company attempts to sell something that sounds this Bad, shortly after an artists death, its only about cashing in. I'm sure they are trying to suggest that they are honoring Alex. In my opinion, they are merely exploiting his death. I doubt he ever would have approved of this release were he alive. We've already established that he cared about his fans.

Don't just take my word for it. Listen to all of the samples and you'll see what I'm talking about. NOTE: There is One real treat here in the last track. Track #18 is a studio recording (and a very good song) "You Can Bet Your Heart On Me" This track is definitely worth downloading. With regard to the rest of this mess, make up your own mind. Who deserves your hard earned money more; the vultures at Bar None Records or You.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An 'official bootleg' that has its moments October 23, 2013
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Yeah, this is definitely a pretty raw bootleg and almost all the songs are rather tossed-off informal covers rather than anything polished (I would've loved to hear Alex do studio versions of some of these songs). The audience noise is pretty loud and you really do need to be a big Alex Chilton fan to get into it. All that said, I do like hearing this side of Alex Chilton, who seems to be really having fun with his "campfire covers" session here. But this is by no means a long-lost masterpiece, just an interesting piece in the puzzle of Mr Chilton's career I think.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good album for Chilton fans.
I feel people are criticizing the quality of this recording too harshly. For an almost cancelled gig amongst a crowd of New Yorkers during a blackout, I think it sounds pretty... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Spotty recording, priceless evening.
Published 2 months ago by JC
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of music
According to Time magazine, this was one of the best recors of last year. Well, I don't agree with you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrea Maspero
4.0 out of 5 stars The most unique album ever!!
Very nice and quaint audience recording, with a very unique set of songs, great to hear banter between Alex and the crowd.
Published 7 months ago by Kevin D Harrell
5.0 out of 5 stars love this Alex
Beautiful music to open your mind and spirit . Different the Big Star if your a fan , but a great item to add to my collection
Published 8 months ago by Rebecca Innis
1.0 out of 5 stars As usual, the vinyl buyer gets screwed. Thanks, Bar None.
...first off, let me say that this is a charming release. It may be best suited for obsessives, but Chilton has no shortage of obsessive fans. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leopold Stotch
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a Tough One
I love Alex Chilton beyond all reason; however, after listening to this, I can't imagine ever listening to it again. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Smiley
4.0 out of 5 stars rather magical, despite.....
I would agree with the first reviewer....and you do have to understand Mr. Chilton to really get behind what this is. Read more
Published 11 months ago by cowgrl
1.0 out of 5 stars Bar None should have been barred from releasing this.
Bar None Records should be embarrassed for releasing this recording.
It is horrendously bad with Alex trying to sing covers while an audience
laughs and talks throughout. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary Cornelius
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