Live At The BBC: Rock Goes To College is a live album and DVD by the Climax Blues Band.
It was recorded at the Birmingham Polytechnic,United Kingdom on 3rd November,1978.
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The Climax Blues Band were my local band when I was a teenager growing up in Stafford. I therefore have an emotional connection to this excellent blues rock band.
The band were at their strongest when the guitarist and sometimes lead singer, Pete Haycock was a member. He left in 1985 and died in 2013. The lead singer, Colin Cooper was a member of the band until he died in 2008. It was his wish that the band carried on after his death.
They are another of the bands that fit into my “great guitar plus saxophone” preference and perhaps they were one of the early bands that shaped this bias. Both Cooper and Haycock were also good vocalists.
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Live, Rare and Raw is a collection of live recordings by the Climax Blues Band in the 1970s. It was released in October or November 2014 depending on the format and region.
What we have are:
- Marquee Club London 1973
- Live in New Jersey 1974
- Live in Guildford 1976
- Live from Miami 1979
These are all on separate CDs. When I get it on mp3 I’m planning to store it as four separate concerts.
I’m not exactly sure of the band make-up at these different concerts because CBB made frequent changes. However the main band consisted of:
Colin Cooper – vocals, saxophone, harmonica, guitar
Pete Haycock – vocals, guitar, bass
Derek Holt – bass, guitar, keyboards
John Cuffley – drums
Peter Filleul played keyboard for much of the time but he left in 1973 and returned in 1975. In between Richard Jones, one of the original band members returned to play keyboards and bass. If the recording at the Marquee was very early in 1973, George Newsome may have been the drummer.
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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.
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Live At Rockpalast is a live album and /or DVD of the Climax Blues Band performing live in Germany on the 18th January 1976.
This was recorded before the Gold Plated studio album and the hit single Couldn’t Get It Right were released.
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The River Sessions is a live album by the Climax Blues Band.
It was recorded at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow in June 1982 and broadcast on Radio Clyde.
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Blues From The Attic is a live album by the Climax Blues Band released in 1993.
One of the things that made the Climax Blues band popular in the early to mid seventies was the guitar playing of Peter Haycock. He doesn’t feature on this live album but you can hear his playing on FM Live.
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FM Live is a live album by the Climax Blues Band, recorded in 1973.
The group introduced a lot of new songs into the set rather than drawing heavily on earlier albums.
If you know the Climax Blues Band from their funky hit single Couldn’t Get It Right, you should listen to the mp3 samples before buying this live album. That song isn’t typical and if that’s what you want, you may find World Tour 1976 suits you better.
What you have on FM Live is excellent blues rock powered by the guitar of Peter Haycock.
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