World Tour 1976 is a live recording of the Climax Blues Band in 1976 while they were promoting the Gold Plated album with their hit single Couldn’t Get It Right.
The Climax Blues band were popular in America in the 1970s but never really received the success they deserved in their home country, England.
Whilst the album has a global title, all the references within the recording are to a concert in Nottingham, England.
Like many blues rock bands, they had a star guitarist. In this case it is Pete Haycock who played with the band between 1968 and 1985. he rejoined the latest incarnation of the Climax Blues Band in 2013 but he died on 30 October 2013.
Climax Blues Band World Tour 1976
- Together And Free/ Amerita/ Sense Of Direction – 9:52 (originally from the albums Gold Plated and two from Sense of Direction)
- Running Out Of Time/ Good Times Blues – 12:50 (Stamp)
- Mighty Fire – 4:57 (Gold Plated)
- Country Hat/ Come On In My Kitchen/ Country Hat (reprise) – 10:05 (A Lot Of Bottle and Tightly Knit)
- Seventh Son – 6:13 (A Lot Of Bottle)
- Couldn’t Get It Right – 3:19 (Gold Plated)
- Chasing Change – 4:50 (Gold Plated)
- Using The Power – 4:14 (Stamp)
- Goin’ To New York – 7:18 (FM Live)
- All The Time In The World/ Get Back – 5:08 – 6:13 (Rich Man and a cover of The Beatles song)
- Drum Intro/ Hey Mama/ Let The Good Times Roll/ Who Killed McSwiggin/ Get Into That Rock ‘N’ Roll – 6:13 (Tightly Knit, a blues standard, Tightly Knit)
This set list has a lovely balanced between the album they are promoting with four excerpts from Gold Plated and their back catalogue. I also like they way they combine songs into medleys to create that special live feel.
Couldn’t Get It Right seemed to be an odd direction for the band to go in with its light jazz pop feel but surprisingly it fits in well in this context.
The band at this stage were:
- Colin Cooper – vocals, saxophone, harmonica, guitar
- Pete Haycock – guitar, vocals, bass
- Derek Holt – bass, guitar, keyboards
- Richard Jones – bass, keyboards
- John Cuffley – drums
This is a lovely live blues rock album with plenty of show-off guitar combined with the contrasting sounds of saxophone and harmonica. The vocals are excellent and the keyboards fill in the sound rather than lead it.
The recording is very crisp and clear although the drums don’t thunder like they do in some live albums.
The crowd is enthusiastic and the band engage properly with the audience.
I also own the Gold Plated studio album but it’s never got me excited. This tour record does and if I keep playing it, I can see a high score coming its way.
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Is This The Best Climax Blues Band Live Album?
FM Live is a very good album and Blues From The Attic is good to listen to although I’m always aware that Pete Haycock isn’t playing guitar on it.
I only bought it earlier this week but it could turn into my favourite. Do you think this is the best live album by the Climax Blues Band?
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Live Albums By The Climax Blues Band
1973 FM Live – 1973 to 1979 Live, Rare & Raw – 1976 Live At Rockpalast – 1976 World Tour – 1982 The River Sessions – 1993 Blues From The Attic
2 thoughts on “Climax Blues Band World Tour 1976”
I’m discovering CBB too late and so far I love the World Tour live album
Me too. A lovely combination of blues, funk and pop rock. FM Live is much more an album for blues purists.