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It's a Beautiful Day at Carnegie Hall [Import]

It's A Beautiful DayAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • ASIN: B00000714J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Give Your Woman What She Wants
2. A Hot Summer Day
3. Angels and Animals
4. Bombay Calling
5. Going to Another Party
6. Good Lovin'
7. The Grand Camel Suite
8. White Bird

Editorial Reviews

As the title implies, this CD captures the Bay Area-based It's a Beautiful Day in concert at the venerable New York City performance Mecca Carnegie Hall in 1972. It's A Beautiful Day were one of the finest Psychedelic Folk-Rock acts to emerge from the fertile late '60s/early '70s San Francisco scene with two albums (It's A Beautiful Day and Marrying Maiden) still selling well as catalog titles nearly 40 years after their original release! The band was led by violin virtuoso David LaFlamme (who was an early member of Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks), and their recorded legacy and loyal fan base have kept the band's flag flying for four decades. Eight tracks including 'White Bird', 'Angels And Animals' and 'Bombay Calling'. Sony. 2005.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live album....but hard to find December 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was originally released in 1972. It is 47 minutes long. I have to admit that I have only heard the LP and don't know the sound quality of the CD. The LP had very good sound quality, but not perfect. It has a bit of a booming, echo quality to the sound.

The band at the time has the same members as that were on the album Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime.

This is an excellent live album with great peformances throughout. The three big hits from the first album, Hot Summer Day, Bombay Calling and White Bird are all stretched out to greater than 8 minutes each. But, even the shorter songs have interesting jamming interludes. All the members of the bands take turns giving some impressive moments.

There are three new songs that have not been recorded before. These are all very good and better than any of the songs that were on Choice Quality Stuff. The other 2 songs are Good Loving from Merrying Maiden and Grand Camel Suite from Choice Quality Stuff.

If you can't find this album, there are other It's a Beautiful Day live CD's available on David LaFlamme's website. Just google his name.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
By 1972, when IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY AT CARNEGIE HALL was recorded, the band had undergone some personnel changes from their classic 1969 lineup. Guitarist Hal Wagenet was replaced by Bill Gregory and Linda LaFlamme (David's wife) turned keyboards over to Fred Webb. Left to carry on were lead vocalist David with his flute and violin, backing vocalist Pattie Santos, drummer Val Fuentes and bassist Michael Holman.

David's voice strains here while Patti's in good form. IABD has a harder edge on these eight tracks but they're still easy to recognize. Extended versions of three faves from their self-titled debut LP are welcome; unfamiliar tracks are contributions of new members (Tom's "Going to Another Party" and Bill's "Grand Camel Suite"). These are interesting but certainly not essential.

The set opening high energy cover of Taj Mahal's "Give Your Woman What She Wants" is nicely handled by Pattie. David then announces "an old song" ("Hot Summer Day") and we're off and running. Strangely, the lyric "White bird must fly or she wil die" has been changed to "White bird must fly, she must fly." Loses its impact, IMO.

Audio quality is a lot better than has been reported, with a faint, fading echo in the quiet between loud passages. If there's any disappointment in this set, it's with David's raspy sound when singing with any force. The smoothness that so gently lulled us way back when is just gone. It's not a total loss however. This is s searing concert presented to a very appreciative audience, and as it stands, is most enjoyable.


[3:48] Give Your Woman What She Wants
[8:27] A Hot Summer Day
[3:53] Angels and Animals
[8:25] Bombay Calling
[4:19] Going to Another Party
[5:10] Good Lovin'
[3:00] The Grand Camel Suite
[7:12] White Bird

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Live S.F. sound July 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD rates with the best of the classic San Fransisco sound live album releases. If you enjoyed Grateful Dead's, Live/Dead, Jefferson Airplane's, Bless It's Pointed Little Head, and Quicksilver's, Happy Trails CDs, you will probably love this one too.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Live Beautiful Day July 4, 2006
By Carlo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Couple good renditions but pretty poor sonics and a number of forgettable tunes. Their studio album "It's a Beautiful Day" remains the one to own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old music relived April 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When I saw that I could purchase this band on CD, I went for it. This band was very unusual for their time, the music and words were very memorable. The CD was a great price and well worth it. Patti Santos has such a powerful voice like Grace Slick, and David LaFlamme's voice and violin were very impressive for me back in the 70's, and after hearing this CD again after 30 years...they still are! The music this band made was so cool. Sort of a mixture of classical/rock/blues/with just a twist of Eastern Indian in a couple songs...weird, but interesting to listen to. White Bird is my favorite from this group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White Bird August 28, 2011
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Too bad this group was not longer lasting and popular. Technically/ artistically they are truly skilled, gifted and talented. The writing, lyrics, arraignments, instrumentation, solo parts, are brillant for the most part. The music is very energized, beautiful, emotional, exciting and intriguing. It does things to you. "Give Your Woman What She Wants", it okay I guess. "A Hot Summer Day" the same. "Angels And Animals" is good. "Bombay Calling" is wierd, but neat and enjoyable. Nice and long "Going To Another Party" is no big deal. "Good Lovin" is a cute little diddy. "The Grand Camel Suite" is great but too short for me. It makes me think of Blue Grass and Jazz mixed together. It must be super fun to perform.
"White Bird" is just plain inspired. Like "Green Grass and High Tides" or "Bluejean Blues" or "Tuesday's Gone", "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", or what ever you choose. You want to listen to it allday long. You want to sing it allday long. You are able to project into it and fill your head with images of great sorrow and happiness. You can almost see it in your mind. The ending just seems a litle thin. But still good. It would make for a fantastic video or orchestral rendition. I like the original studio version a little better. It sounds more pure, more emotional and beautifull. This version sems a little flat. It is still darn good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Is beautiful! As I remember it
Is beautiful! As I remember it! Quick delivery from the Germans. Shipping was surprisingly
inexpensive. Makes some folks idea of 'shipping and handling' a little suspect.
Published 2 months ago by David H Metzler
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Whitebird alone is worth the price of admission.Glad there is a well recorded version of this.Great band doing what they do.
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey S. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Beautiful Day
What a fabulous recording I only wish I would have seen them play live. This album captures the energy and is emotionally charged. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tommy TBones Cramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost treasurer found
This live concert was at the top of the founding couples touring. The rendition of White Bird and Grand Camel Suite kick butt and surpass any other recording of the two pieces that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lovin' the River
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Version of "White Bird"
The sound quality and musicianship on this CD is very good. The extended version of "White Bird" (with additional instrumental breaks) is excellent and my favorite track... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jerry Hobrecht
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome for a live recording
you will enjoy this concert done live sound is great symbols are even heard in this classic recording what a gem to have in addition to studio albums of this great band
Published 12 months ago by ron jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars an all time favorite of mine
What a great group one of my favorites and I have loved this one sibce it came out all those years ago. Now for me this release holds up after all these years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jerbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Live Recordings
As I am personally partial to live recordings I was extremely pleased that this particular CD was available to purchase. I owned this set in vinyl form many years ago. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Steven C. Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars flashback tunes
I haven't had a working turntable in quite some time so listening to this album(cd) was a treat. I ordered this along with Sly and the Family Stone and spent my Christmas baking... Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by suzie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a Beautiful Day
I bought this CD for the song "White Bird".
The live rendition is not like the original
version. I was disappointed.
Published on August 9, 2010 by HC
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