My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Live at the Star Club was recorded and released in 1964. The set-up was simple mic’d instruments and a mic in the crowd. This album is considered by many to be the best live (if not the best over all) rock n’ roll album of all time.
What I think: The album is FAST and INTENSE. Lewis is a crazed man on vocals and piano. At first that is overwhelmingly exciting, but there is no nuance here. The first time Lewis really slows down is on “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” (the last song on the original release), and consequently that is the first time you really hear how amazing Lewis’ voice really is.
Overall Thoughts: It is exciting and I would put it up against James Brown at the Apollo 1964 for the best live album I’ve every heard, but my money is on Brown. He is able to match the intensity of Lewis, but is also able to slow things down and not lose the crowd.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? The lack of anything but a fired up Lewis may detract from the overall feel of the album, but it doesn’t keep it from being an amazing album. It just keeps it from being the best…. It should surely be here.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (41/51)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%