Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Live in the studio (1976)
Under this title is a live in the studio set played for Musikladen andrecorded by Radio Bremen on the 27th of January 1976. The band was on the eve to release his Timeless Flight LP, the 4th under Cockney Rebel name but only the second with this line-up. Once again, not the CR formation I like the best, the band having left his weird and singular approach of music for a much more mainstream one and virtuosity is what may seem the most antinomic with the band initial project. Here they are 7 on stage (2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 keyboard, 1 percussion, 1 drummer and SH) and sometimes sound as a cross between Santana and the Traffic of High-heeled boy. Not the funky treatment that would feature on the Face to Face official double live LP one year later but no more the glam-affiliated rock band we loved. This set was released 13 years ago on a double CD with a video CD of the show. Here the audio part. Not the best quality on the earth (could have been remastered but surely too expensive) but a decent one. And Harley's amateurs always appreciate to listen to all the steps of his evolution even to regret it. Enjoy it here.