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London 2017 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Union Chapel, London, UK; January 28, 2017. Fairly to very good audience recording. Slight hiss.

Anyone listening to the High Llamas’ Hawaii back in 1997 (when it was released) would have been astounded by how uncanny it sounded like a Beach Boys record. Led by Irish guitarist-songwriter Sean O’Hagan, wikipedia also said that The Beach Boys’ influence on O’Hagan is most obvious on the expansive, cinematic Hawaii, a musical spaghetti western on themes of tourism and colonialism. It blended elements of Pet Sounds, Smile, and Wild Honey such that O’Hagan was recommended by Bruce Johnston to produce an aborted Beach Boys comeback LP. O’Hagan had since played on some The Beach Boys dates; and The High Llamas had previously provided a backing band for Arthur Lee’s Love in the mid 1990s.

In January 2016, the Llamas released their 11th studio album, Here Come The Rattling Trees. According to pitchfork.com, as the album cover says, the music on this short and sweet LP was written by the group’s leader and principal songwriter Sean O’Hagan to accompany a theater production of the same name, with the brief interludes and tunes meant to be woven between monologues by the play’s six characters. Initially presented in October of 2014 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden, the intention is to eventually take the show on a tour through Europe and the US. But since O’Hagan has no theatrical bona fides to speak of, the only way to make it happen is to treat it like the promotional campaign for a new record.

Twenty years later, the Beach Boys sound might not be so prominent but it’s still there. And the track Livorno even spots a bit of Burt Bacharach.

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Thanks to emmanuel for sharing the show at Dime.

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Prelude - A Day In The Square * 3:03
Track 102. Barham Trees 5:27
Track 103. Here Come The Rattling Trees * 3:07
Track 104. Outback Runner 11:23
Track 105. Bramble Black * 1:58
Track 106. Slow Down Mona 6:14
Track 107. Mona’s Song * 2:20
Track 108. Step Tempo Has Arrived 8:36
Track 109. McKain James * 3:01
Track 110. Call Me To The Common 5:58
Track 111. Livorno * 2:33
Track 112. The Bells Ring Straight 7:38
Track 113. Jackie * 3:41
65 mins

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Harpers Romo 5:11
Track 202. Woven And Rolled 4:15
Track 203. Triads 6:15
Track 204. Go To Montecito 5:08
Track 205. Fly Baby, Fly 3:32
Track 206. Bach Ze 5:09
Track 207. Calloway 4:30
Track 208. Take My Hand 3:48
Track 209. Here Come The Rattling Trees (reprise) 3:51
Track 210. Rollin’ 5:54
Track 211. Track Goes By 7:26
55 mins

* Tracks from Here Come The Rattling Trees.

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  1. 5 Responses to “HIGH LLAMAS - LONDON 2017”

  2. Dudes , Wat is dis ? Thought dat we wuz goin to keep it in da 70s Me can tell dat dis Muzak is full of lipsinkin and auto tune , Why not some kick ass Kiss from da sos , haven’t ever seen any Kiss shows here or some Led Zep Who , Stones , Arousmith Sabbath wit Ozzy Deep Purple Bowie , Wings ,Da Captain and Tennile , Steve Miller band Frampton , Amy god da 70 s wuz great , so please makes me happy by postin 70s shows only specially Kiss and no geezer Muzak by dudes who can’t cut da mustard no more or shit like dis , modern shit wit auto tune and lipsinkin 70s rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Feb 9, 2017

  3. I also prefer the seventies but am always willing to give new music a chance , please behave trolls , Mancini Moron and the rest just want attention, don’t give it to them

    By Antonio on Feb 9, 2017

  4. OK , so you’ve been told that its perfectly obvious what you’re doing and yet you keep doing it-well then you get what you get.

    By Miguelito Lovemore on Feb 9, 2017

  5. Sounds interesting,certainly different than most of the modern fare,although theyve been around since the nineties, have never heard of them,another good modern band laboring in obscurity without much mainstream attention

    By Bill on Feb 9, 2017

  6. Sorry guys, wasn’t dhere yestaday. I know you misst me buddawaz at dee hospital to do ma annual artificial anus check. No, not ma son, I mean dee other one. But ya godda message: da fifties, only da fifties. F.I.F.T.E.E.S. !!! Wop bappa loom bam wop bam boom !!!

    By Boom Boom Mancini Sr on Feb 9, 2017

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