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The Last of the Best Live

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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These new live recordings by the Paul deLay Band capture the Northwest harmonica legend at the peak of his power as a live performer, and a great band at the top of its game. Released only weeks after deLay's untimely death at age 55, the CD features 15 tracks from three different venues: the Untapped Blues Festival and the Sunbanks Festival in 2004, and a sold-out concert at Seattle's Triple Door in 2006, where the band earned several standing ovations. DeLay sidekick and co-frontman David Vest, who wrote most of the band's new material in later years, is featured on piano throughout and sings lead on four tracks, including the housewrecking Try Not To Kill Me, which had become the band's traditional closer.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Good Thing
  2. Trouble No More
  3. Look What You've Done
  4. Brave Woman
  5. Life Is Just a Struggle
  6. Life's Highway
  7. All Cried Out
  8. Come Down
  9. You Got Me So Bad, Baby
  10. Could We Just Shoot Your Husband
  11. Can't Stand Your Evil Ways
  12. Lost In a Dream
  13. Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)
  14. You'll Be Mine
  15. Try Not To Kill Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Criminal Records
  • ASIN: B000QUTS1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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I will be the first to admit I am not a big fan of live recordings.
More often than not, the live stuff can not match up with the studio stuff.
And this is the first time I have ever posted anything on something I have bought from Amazon.
Do have to add my order showed up about a week before I expcted it. (Which is a whole lot better than some of the other sites I have orderd from).

But back to why we are here, this CD will take your breath way.....Really!
If you like Blues, this CD is a must have.
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I often said that Paul Delay's music was under appreciated in his lifetime, and that like many greats, his genius would only be widely realized when he is gone.

Unfortunately, that time has come much too soon. I was present at 2 of the shows these tracks come from, and was fortunate enough to see the Paul Delay Band live countless times while living in the northwest, including them playing a private function for my friends and family.

These performances give you just a sliver of the real live experience, just a glimpse of the man Paul was. The band is as cohesive as ever, and as much as I missed the last iteration of the Paul Delay band (heard on Heavy Rotation), this mix might just be better. Peter Damann delivers tasty work whether or not the spotlight is on him as he always has. David Vest brings something a little Dylan-esque to the mix along with his killer piano work. Dave Kahl provides the heartbeat, and drummer Jeff Minnick is exactly what he needs to be with the stellar performers up front - steady and unobtrusive. These guys are a band, not a star (or two) and a backup ensemble.

When Paul apologizes for "All Cried Out" being "...not a nice song" you get just a hint of what a character he was and his power for making the audience smile. In all the times I saw Paul and the band live he never failed to charm the audience, and he never failed to be gracious and kind to everyone he spoke to, his bigger than life stage presence giving way to a soft spoken gentleman who was genuinely interested in talking with his fans.

There are great covers on this CD, and some of the original work that showcases Paul Delay as a lyricist, not just a guy coaxing incredible sounds out of a harmonica.
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By PDX Bob on February 24, 2014
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Paul Delay was easily the best blues harmonica player I've ever seen perform. However, that statement doesn't begin to honor the man's talent. He was a great songwriter, and his talent as a vocalist was vastly underrated.

It's a cliche to say that it's sad he wasn't better known outside of the Northwest, but it's true. His death in 2007 left a huge hole in Portland's blues scene which still hasn't been filled.
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I only had the priviledge of seeing Paul Delay live once, but this cd seems to capture the spirit of his performance well. It's not as polished as his studio albums and his harp playing may not be as flashy but DeLay on a bad day was still better than 90% of todays harp players.The band rocks and it's definitely a must have for DeLay fans.
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A Kid's Review on August 17, 2008
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Paul DeLay is one of the tragic, yet classic, personalities of the Northwest blues scene. Before his untimely death, The Big Man touched the life of every person he met. Inspired by St. Louis Jimmy, and Harmonica George Smith, among others, the Pride of Portland was the master of the hard to play Chromatic. This posthumously released CD captures the live energy of one of blues hardest working bands. It's hard to single out any song as definitive, for Paul *always* gave plenty of room for his band mates to shine, Check out the tasty licks of his long-time running partner, guitarist Peter Dammon and barrel house keyboard virtuoso David Vest. Paul DeLay left a legacy of original songwriting, inspired harp-playing and soulful vocals that have left an indelible legacy. So Long, Bubba.
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