But in the summer of it happened. It was a double-edged sword alright. The band could play for laughs when they wanted to: the McKenna cousins rocking with gusto as the striped-shirted Harvey and the extravagantly made-up Cleminson camped it up in the limelight.
A live album was the logical next step. That should come as no surprise, however, given the theatrical, almost pantomime nature of their act. If saw The Sensational Alex Harvey Band crack it, the following year saw the house of cards come tumbling down.
The well-lubricated terrace crowds were a powder keg primed to go off, but the charismatic Alex kept them under control. With his brother Les dying, and then Bill, he was never the same. A break was ordered, during which he starved off boredom by conducting interviews for a spoken-word album about the Loch Ness Monster. But the writing was on the wall. Tommy Eyre filled his place, but the gang spirit was already sorely weakened. It is patriotically Scottish featuring quite weedy synthesizer, marching drums, accordion, and even bagpipes.
Over the heather the wet wind blows. Lice in my tunic, and a cold in my nose. The rain comes falling out of the sky. I'm a soldier on the wall and I Delilah - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Live (CD know why. Apparently half the tracks were re-engineered from inferior tapes and the album does give the impression of having been somewhat cobbled together - even Harvey's usually crystal clear articulation is lost in the rather muddy production.
Alex's brother plays excellent slide guitar throughout the album and extra poignancy was added to this cover with his premature death later the same year. Production became a little Album) polished on this their third album with plenty of brass and backing singers, and leanings towards more ambitious prog with mixed success. However overall the album is a bit of a mish mash with Harvey appearing to be unsure of his direction. The SAHB by all accounts and as evidenced in youtube footage were an exceptional live act but like many live albums it isn't always possible to catch the true excitement of the live experience on disc.
This album represents quite a departure from Harvey's rock and blues roots. However Harvey has literally gathered a new band here. Although SAHB were no slouches you get the impression he has sourced some crack session musicians here from the rock and jazz field. This is immediately evident with the instrumental opener which showcases new horn man Don Weller's saxophone breaks which remain prominent throughout the album.
Meanwhile the guitarist Matthew Wang trades in clean solos with less emphasis on the heavy riffing of Zal Cleminson, and the bass player and drummer Delilah - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Live (CD a very tight band. Murder in the silver foam. Grab the gold and sail back home. Slaughter cubs and mummy too. Here's a perfume just for you.
Money is what it's all about. In leopard skins and tiger shoes. We all sing the dog food blues. Sling it on the rusty deck. Rip the sinew from its neck. You can't complain, Album), it's fair enough. We kill it and you buy the stuff. Considered by many fans as SAHB's peak this accomplished album has always had a special place in my heart being the first one I ever heard thank you to the eccentric Iron Bridge pub in Exeter Delilah - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Live (CD put it on one evening in the early s.
It also has the most interesting cover! Without any of the cabaret style covers which did vary in quality it is perhaps the most consistent of all Harvey's albums. Yet being one of his most straight forward rock albums it is also consequently potentially one of his more middle of the road albums if anything can ever be middle of the road for Alex Harvey!
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