This brilliantly funky and upbeat live album is brimming with full-of-punch horns and grooving guitar licks that make it absolutely no wonder it was a sell-out show.
Recorded at Tipitina’s in New Orleans in 2013, this is a wonderful album full of raw feel good songs. What you see so often nowadays on live albums is the want and need to make it as tight and as pure as a studio album and that, for me, simply isn’t the point of recording a live album. K.C O’Rorke on lead vocals has no desire to make this feel like a studio album – with crowd interaction and ad lib improvisation popping up all over the shop this really is a live recording and it’s great. What’s important in these types of recordings is that the listener at home gets the live experience and more often than not, they don’t. They get a mid-way, go between, of an album that isn’t studio and it isn’t live.
We’re set rocking with the screech of the crowd and the cheery ‘Intro’ number and then we’re run through tracks such as ‘Early In The Morning’, horn heavy with Nile Rodgers-esque guitar licks. This isn’t just your average funk track. It’s got melody, it’s got feel and it’s got a guitar solo with that leads into the punchy instrumental with O’Rorke shouting at the crowd telling them to ‘Jump! Jump! Jump!’.
Then we gets more traditional funk tracks such as ‘Gimme a Line’ and ‘Sexy Body’. They’re slower and more drawn out, bass and guitar led, but they’re still as great as the rest of the album.
It’s not the tightest but then when were live albums meant to be? It’s funky, it’s feel good and most of all it’s fun to listen to.