Sensational Alex Harvey Band
BEFORE THE eruption of
punk, the late Alex Harvey was one of the
few who kicked a little vitality into the
live music scene. His performances could
frighten as much as entertain the passive
audiences of the time, unaccustomed as
they were to such a demonstrative figure.
his band touted a basic rift-laden fare,
Harvey would embellish the material by
enacting a series of roles both manic and
humorous, combining his early rock and
blues roots with elements of Brechtian
record, though, SAHB lost much of their
spontaneity messily trying to incorporate
those theatrical touches into the music.
This compilation gathers items mainly
from the early '70s when the band were
poised on the brink of major stardom. The
highlight is a working of the Tom Jones
hit 'Delilah', warped and perverted into
an existentialist essay. The nadir is the
uniquely tasteless 'Gang Bang'.
fans will already own the tracks herein
(save perhaps 1969's 'Midnight Moses').
Others will simply think that 'The
Legend' is an NME writer.