CLIMAX BLUES BAND - FM Live (1972) 
Heavy on the kind of blues-rock favored by Humble Pie, this is a live outing in front of a too-loud New York audience. Sax player Colin Cooper helps to separate these English midland lads from the heads-down no-nonsense boogie competition, although the emphasis is squarely on guitarist Peter Haycock. His solo electric slide showcase "Country Hat" is a marvel. The band's pop leanings featured so strongly on their studio recordings come through in "I Am Constant." It's a solid outing, and much meatier than subsequent offerings. A truly superior double LP set from one of England's more interesting exponents of blues. Combining straight blues-rock with some belligerent jazz bastardizations, this exciting foursome gets a lot of mileage out of their musical idiom. With anchoring bass and cannon volley drum rhythms laying a firm foundation, Climax lets loose some frenzied reed work and the hottest, nastiest guitar work this side of early Clapton and Page.
TRACKS: 01. All the Time in the World 02. I Am Constant 03. Flight 04. Seventh Son 05. Standing By a River 06. So Many Roads 07. Mesopopmania 08. Country Hat 09. You Make Me Sick 10. Shake Your Love 11. Goin' to New York 12. Let's Work Together
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