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  • Audio CD (July 2, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beacon
  • ASIN: B0000038UP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original Fuel Records release. There is a punch hole through the UPC.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Zwick on June 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First off, the Box Tops were a puppet band that included, among other musicians, one Alex Chilton. Big Star was another band which also included the very talented Chris Bell and Jody Stephens, who is still living and continues to play drums and sing with Alex, whenever these "Big-Star-Like-Projects" crop up. So now we're talking about an Alex Chilton live album, 'Live In London' from a concert recorded wednesday, May 28, 1980 to be exact. A full two decades after the end of his tour of duty with the Box Tops and following his disastrous stint with the soon-to-be-rediscovered band (OOPS..NOT FOR ANOTHER DECADE) Big Star! Here we find Alex hip-deep in a wilderness period of sorts as well as one of his most creative periods.

It's disconcerting to hear Baby-Boomers whine about the lack of polish on this, a LIVE ALBUM. To complain about the sound quality on such an important collection as this strikes me as more than a little lazy. This is the man who produced the First EP by the legendary band The Cramps and both produced and performed with "Psychobilly" oddballs The Panther Burns. At this stage in his career he is completely "Off-The-Boat" where commercial music is concerned. If you aren't getting that after the 3rd Big Star recording, which included a particularly deranged version of 'Whole Lotta Shakin' and such gloriously damaged masterpieces as 'Kangaroo' and 'Holocaust', then you simply aren't paying attention. Here's a tip, if you're stuck in a British Invasion rut where everything is sunny and pretty and "cellophane flowers of yellow and green are towering..", then the darker side of this artist may not be for you. But for the serious Alex Chilton fan, this is a major touchstone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James H. Conley on September 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Chilling Chilton performances here, as great as his work with Panther Burns on "Behind the Magnolia Curtain." "Tramp"is a killer cut. His workouts here on "Bangkok" and "September Gurls" are, to my ears, equal to the celebrated studio versions. This record is part of the soundtrack to my wild '80's. Ignore the haters and buy this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chief Kurtz on December 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Yes, it could have been mixed much better, and I'll bet this was a two channel stereo feed from the mixer to a recorder, perhaps not intended for release. I'm glad to have this in my collection. I doubt anyone at this show (of which there were probably 30, if that), would remember it as fondly with this document as one who was not. It's not any better now that Alex has died, it's always been this good, or bad it you prefer. I'll paraphrase Roger Ebert, and apply it to this: "I can't recommend it, but I wouldn't for a minute discourage you from (getting) it".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott B. Saul on June 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is such a shame because it could have been such a strong record!

I don't mind sloppy playing. For an artist like Alex Chilton, that's what give this life. It makes the live experience all the better.

The song selection on this is great because youy have the best Big Star, Box Tops, solo and interesting covers. It's an absolutely amazing set list. I saw Alex Chilton live at the New Orlean Jazz Fest, circa 1996 and he was great. This does capture the strange combination of classic rock and roll mixed with an undefineable eccentricity.

Alex Chilton has always been a fringe artist so it doesn't surprise me that this was probably just a salvaged bootleg recording.
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