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Cleveland 1982 [no label, 1CD]
Live in Cleveland, Ohio, October 22, 1982. (Venue could be Memorial Coliseum, Richfield.) Very good Pre-FM vinyl.
What have the following songs in common: Daniel Boone’s Beautiful Sunday; Middle Of The Road’s Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep and Air Supply’s Lost In Love, All Out Of Love and Every Woman In The World?
While they were undoubtedly hit songs, they were also played to death on radio, which tend to put people off the songs and the artistes. So much so that when it comes to ’80s group Air Supply, one generally forgets that singer Russell Hitchcock does have quite a voice. With the passing of time, these songs, especially the romantic ballads, are more for nostalgia and, for some listeners, they mark a transition from teeny pop to more adventurous music.
Thanks then to LilKing22 for sharing the tracks on the Dime site and for another trip down memory lane. [One of the lead guitarists was Rex Goh, who was born in $ingapore but moved to Australia in 1972 and settled in Sydney. A wise decision. The former $ingaporean has recorded with Savage Garden, Randy Crawford and Tom Jones. If he had stayed in $heep City, he’d still be playing covers in a lounge band.]
This is what LilKing22 noted: “This was a very demanding and difficult personal project. It was truly a labor of love. After paying a ridiculous amount for this 3-LP vinyl set, I bought an adapter specifically to transfer this to digital. The recording, transferring and editing took over eight hours. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn good. There’s still the occasional pop/click here and there, but the sound quality is a solid A+. Performance wise, this concert captures Air Supply at their commercial prime. So many hits and outstanding album tracks that really rock (seriously). Songs like One Step Closer, Late Again and This Heart Belongs To Me shows these guys could pull off more than just sweeping ballads.
“But the ballads are here in force and they are fantastic. They introduce their new single as Even The Nights Are Better which blows the studio version away with a fantastic groove. The band shows on this track and all others that they can really play. But the true highlight of the show is Russell Hitchcock’s voice. Listen as he holds the closing note on All Out Of Love for 16 seconds, just like the studio recording. Every note and phrase is pitch perfect. Main songwriter and co-lead singer Graham Russell sounds great as well, complimenting Hitchcock superbly. This really is a gem of a recording and an outstanding performance.”
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.
Track 01. I Can’t Get Excited
Track 02. Lost In Love
Track 03. Every Woman In The World
Track 04. Even The Nights Are Better
Track 05. Now And Forever
Track 06. One Step Closer
Track 07. Late Again
Track 08 . (Graham Talks)
Track 09. Young Love
Track 10. Here I Am
Track 11. Sweet Dreams
Track 12. All Out Of Love
Track 13. She Never Heard Me Call
Track 14 . (Graham Talks)
Track 15. I’ve Got Your Love
Track 16. The One That You Love
Track 17. Band Intro
Track 18. This Heart Belongs To Me
Russell Hitchcock - lead vocals
Graham Russell - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Frank Esler-Smith - keyboards
Ralph Cooper - drums
David Moyse - lead guitar
Rex Goh - lead guitar
David Green - bass guitar
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