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  • Audio CD (December 3, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Store for Music
  • ASIN: B001URRXRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stop
2. When I Was Young
3. The People Come Runnin
4. "Unknown" Instrumental [Instrumental]
5. Mother Earth
6. House of the Rising Sun
7. It's My Life
8. Metropole

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A superb live performance by a great singer backed by an outstanding band.
Larry Gold
Although 'Live In 1974' has just eight songs - trust me when I say it's still well worth checking out.
Mike Reed
Mr. Sterling would re-appear again later as producer & help him in the 80's (comeback album).
Gregg C. Hickerson

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on October 26, 2010
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I have a pretty solid collection of Burdon's career, from The Animals to now, and one of my favorite periods is the Eric Burdon Band from the early 70s. It was a distinctive sound, mixing quasi-psychedelic tones -- a la the West Coast Animals -- and straight ahead rock, but all done with a solid interweaving of the instruments, including Burdon's voice.
I know some people don't like it when Burdon tinkers with his classics, but I love the Sun Secrets and Stop albums, and now -- with the release of Mirage -- that, too. Those Eric Burdon Band versions of earlier Animals tunes -- as well as the new songs on those albums -- are some of the most creative music the man has ever recorded. They are priceless, but you have to listen to them, not prejudge them to a sound you think he should have made. This band could PLAY. It's almost got a jazz element to it, kind of the way Ten Years After does it, but a totally different sound.
Anyway, this CD is that period LIVE, and it is superb. If you don't buy it, you are missing out on some of the most unheralded space and jam music of the post-60s.
Which brings me to one complaint about this CD -- "When I Was Young" (a personal favorite in all its versions) is a long jam on the 70's studio CD, and this one does run 9:23, but somebody trimmed it to that, because there's an obvious splice at 6:49. This is especially sad because Burdon's band can drift and jam excellently, so there's probably some seriously good instrumental stuff cut out. Bad decision.
As the other reviewer states, the cuts are labeled wrong. Read his review for the correct titles.
Lastly, I don't have a problem with the artwork or cover at all. I like it. It's got a nice old-time trippy feel to it, which is part of what this band was cranking out musically, but at the time the listening world was elsewhere, and missed the quality sounds of this band. Buy this CD and enjoy them LIVE.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Worth on August 2, 2010
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This is an excellent concert in performance and sound quality. However, the sleevenotes and tracklisting are a complete farce and there is no way of knowing where and when this show was recorded. It would appear that Renaissance Records did not put much thought into this release which is a shame. I believe the Eric Burdon Band were touring in support of the superb 1974 Sun Secrets album. Eric previewed 2 songs from the forthcoming Mirage project which was not officially released until 2009 (a must have on Esoteric Records, by the way). This was the tour just before Snuffy and Rabbit joined Eric's band and they recorded the excellent Roxy Live the following year featuring many songs targeted for Mirage.

Just so you know what you are getting I'd like to sort out the tracklisting (which, as I've mentioned before, is a mess as there are several tracks mistitled and even a novice Eric Burdon fan could figure out with a little superficial research). The actual set list is:

1. Stop
2. When I Was Young
3. Ghetto Child
4. Sun Secrets
5. Jim Crow
6. House of the Rising Sun
7. It's My Life
8. Metropole

All in all, an excellent and rare concert of a man at the top of his game. I wouldn't let the piss-poor sleevenotes and artwork put off a purchase.

NEWSFLASH! - After some research, I now know this was recorded at the famed club Ebbets Field in Denver, CO. Why the liner notes couldn't have said as much is beyond me.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gregg C. Hickerson on March 13, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of Eric burdon, & I know his career well. His solo career is very hard to follow as he switch's band's almost every album, tour's on album's that weren't even released (on time). The Audience must have wondered "what's this song" all the time as the album were never released properly. A quick preview of the era of Eric burdon that matter. The 71-72 era has John Sterling on guitar. Great guitarist, he's on the album's stop (released late) & guilty. More of a blues oriented guitarist. Mr. Sterling would re-appear again later as producer & help him in the 80's (comeback album). In 73 Eric recruited Mr. Aalon Butler, who is my favorite period. This was from 73-76 range. On his survivor album he again switches bands members & from 77 on he really use's studio guy's & no longer has his own band. This Concert is from October 17th, 1974. Most likely on the Mirage tour since sun secrets was recorded in 73. Mirage was recorded in 74. Yet most of these songs are from sun secrets. This is about 7 months before the Roxy Concert which is in full support of the mirage album. This is Eric best period, again both concert's feature Aalon Butler, who was more rock oriented. One listed to sun secrets & you know how good he was. He was amazing! The best guitarist Eric had, (I love sterling too) but aalon rocked! This is his career highlights as he didn't do much without Eric. Unfortunately Between his two album release's we still don't get a live version of his best song's Letter from the Country Farm. These animals song's are my favorite version's with aalon on guitar, he has a pretty distinctive sound. Hopefully we get 1 more release from this period & get a Live album that was more in support of sun secrets album from 73 or earlier in 74. But this is a treasure & it's at least a live album when Eric still had the notion of holding his OWN band together. By the time the 80's came along his career is just a giant mess. It's still good but each album has a new band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Kolb on October 7, 2011
like the other reviewers of this cd, i enjoy eric burdon mid-70s form. although this cd has a real bootleg look to it, don't be fooled, it is an excellent recording. no information is given in this cd, but another reviewer reports it was recorded in colorado. no line up mentioned but the sound is definately from the "sun secrets" era. great songs, searing guitar work, and eric always sounds good on vocals. some newer songs, some older songs updated with great performances. although "love is" is probably my favorite band line-up, the "sun secret" era is second to none. if you have been hesitant to buy this on it's looks, forget it, the cd is well worth it.
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