Tokyo Live!

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CREAM/HI 1981 £9.98 You Say: “The hits that mat­ter, live.” Ge­off Prowse, via e-mail Recorded at the Nakano Sun Plaza in Ja­pan’s cap­i­tal city on June 23 and 24, 1978, here is Al Green at the cross­roads, still, trapped be­tween the soul god of the early ’70s and the man of God of the ’80s and on­ward. The con­cert was ac­tu­ally part of the Tokyo Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, an al­leged com­pe­ti­tion (Al won Grand Prize for Best Vo­cal­ist; Blondie, Kate Bush and Debby Boone among his ad­ver­saries). This re­sul­tant live al­bum has 14 tracks, all the hits you’d want to hear, ren­dered by his welldrilled road band in­clud­ing MD Fred Jor­dan, bassist Reuben Fair­fax Jr and drum­mer John Toney. Songs from The Belle Al­bum, his most re­cent – Dreams, All ’N All, Belle – are among the weak­est, al­though its I Feel Good has a pound­ing groove that sim­ply won’t be de­nied.

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