6/4/15

Patto - Live In Concert (1971)

A welcome request. The first re-up of all the Patto stuff I posted previously. If you need more, let me know it in comment. Meanwhile catch here this great quality sounding BBC live set from the band (with the vocal presence of the missed John Peel between songs).

This recording could have been included in the BBC sessions but it's quality is incredibly superior and moreover I only found it recently on the Flawed Gems reissue of the great Roll'em Smoke 'em LP (there for the original LP setlist and album). "The Man" is missing but I prefer not to add the low quality I have (and included in BBC sessions). So here we have the band at their debuts (they had only their first self-titled LP out) and sounding as a raw-jazz version of Family. The complexity of their melody lines is still really fascinating today and leaves them unaltered by the decades (just listen to "Sittin' Back Easy" below, you'll hear Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout's foundations). Some may be a little bored by the jazz guitar solo parts from Ollie Halsall (and I am) but all in all, it's still a wonderful testimony of how great could be prog-jazz UK rock at this period. I promise the sound quality is stunning. And there are 2 songs never put on studio LPs. The cover sleeve was done (by me with drawings from Phyllis Bramson, a site here)






























7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say thank you for this - just wanted to listen first. Great show and great sound quality. By the way: the link for the BBC Sessions leads to Monkey's Bum....
ON http://www.olliehalsall.co.uk/pattolive.htm is a legal stream called "Patto at the Beep" which contains 11 Songs in rather good quality.

dkelvin said...

I'll check the link to the BBC sessions tonight and 'll fix it if necessary
Thx for the comment
dk

Slidewell said...

Would love to see a new link for this! Thanks for all the great music!

dkelvin said...

Oh yes good suggestion. I do it asap.
Patto was a great band.
dk

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! It's great.

Just wanted to note that Bernie Holland – John Peel's claim that he'd been with the group only 3 days at that time notwithstanding – is on 2nd guitar. He's most audible (doing crazy stuff, standing his ground against Ollie!) during "So Cold" …

Holy god, these guys were awesome …

Britinvdon said...

FS,
What an Amazing Site! Thank you for all the Incredible Music!

Jassa said...

This one as the former Patto don't work at all. To big something the window says. Any chance of a repost. Lovely covers by the way.

Regards

Jassa