Racing Cars In Concert is a live album by pub rock band Racing Cars during their tour to promote their debut album Downtown Tonight and the follow-up, Weekend Rendezvous.
The concerts was recorded and broadcast by the BBC for Radio 1. These songs were recorded at the Paris Theatre on 26th April and 13th October 1977.
The song They Shoot Horses Don’t They was the hit single after being well promoted by John Peel the previous year from a BBC session. I my memory works, it made his Festive Fifty top 10 for 1976 along with classics like Stairway To Heaven and Pink Floyd’s Echoes.
The pop world changed in 1977 with punk and new wave and suddenly the tuneful, funky music played by Racing cars was old fashioned and yesterday’s news. I think of them as the British equivalent of Little Feat mixing up different styles.
Songs On Racing Cars In Concert
1. MOONSHINE FANDANGO
2. CALLING THE TUNE
3. DOWN TOWN TONIGHT
4. DOWN BY THE RIVER (SWAMPY)
5. THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY?
6. GET OUT AND GET IT
7. CLEVER GIRL
8. WEEKEND RENDEZVOUS
9. PASS THE BOTTLE
10. TRAVELLIN’ SONG
Racing Cars are another group that I have an emotional commitment to because I was listening to the John Peel show in 1976 and I was therefore “in the know and cool”, at least in my own mind.
I also own that first studio album, Downtown Tonight and really, with six songs the same, there is too much crossover between the two for me to recommend buying both. I don’t seem to have a preference as both get played occasionally.
Buying Racing Cars In Concert
It may be available from Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk – iTunes – eBay (I was very surprised to see this at iTunes)
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
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