Recorded in Bergen, Norway, Delbert McClinton LIVE is a two CD set that captures the energy of the man's legendary stage show. Yes, he gave John Lennon some pointers on playing the harmonica and has had his songs covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris, The Blues Brothers, Vince Gill and Garth Brooks, but what's truly extraordinary is Delbert's voice and his ability to drive audiences into a frenzy, often playing for up to three hours straight.
Delbert McClinton LIVE is his first live album in fourteen years and his first double live collection. It contains favorites from the Grammy award-winning Nothing Personal including "When Rita Leaves" and "Livin' It Down" and from '02's Grammy nominated Room To Breathe such as "Smooth Talk" and "Don't Want To Love You." Other Delbert staples include "Giving It Up For Your Love" and the Otis Redding gut-wrencher, "I've Got Dreams To Remember."
CD: Delbert McClinton Live - Double CD Set (2003)
This double-disc, 19-song concert recording, which serves as a fittingly funky retrospective the first 30 years of Delbert's career, is as close to the definitive Delbert as can be imagined. And, oddly enough, this live album was an inadvertent one--a Norwegian radio broadcast captured a festival set too hot to confine to the airwaves. Here, the Texas honky-tonk blues hero dynamically delivers the core of the live McClinton experience, including an energetic rendition of his 1980 breakout hit "Givin' It up for Your Love," a testifying take on Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember," and a rambunctious (and extended) reading of his own "B Movie Boxcar Blues." But Live also fills in around the edges with surveys of McClinton's early influences: "Rebecca Rebecca," a slow-burning, stream-of-consciousness blues medley, features Kevin McKendree recycling some sparkling Otis Spann piano lines while the album closer, the vintage rockabilly romp "Fine and Healthy Thing," offers a great guitar getaway by Rob McNelley. --Michael Point