Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Way better than the first...
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2010 Articles » Orleans - 2010 '75 Live Harvard Square
 
Orleans - 2010 '75 Live Harvard Square



ARTIST: Orleans
ALBUM: '75 Live Harvard Square
LABEL: Fuel
SERIAL: 302 061 612 2
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: John Hall - guitars, vocals * Larry Hoppen - guitars, vocals, keyboards * Lance Hoppen - bass, vocals * Wells Kelly - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dance With Me * 02 Trenchtown Rock * 03 Please Be There * 04 Cold Spell * 05 Ending Of A Song * 06 If The Rabbit Had A Gun * 07 Two Faced World * 08 Let There Be Music * 09 Fat Mamma Blues * 10 Tongue Tied * 11 Time Passes On * 12 Still The One

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.orleansonline.com


Background
Released with little if any fanfare, I stumbled on this disc a few months back and am still in shock a vintage Orleans concert would be issued at all. Take the good things as they come I suppose. Cheaply priced, the '75 Live Harvard Square' packaging is very basic, dressed up with a couple photos from the period and a brief biography. A little more effort could have been put into it I think, but it is what it is and thankfully the sound quality is excellent. The concert was recorded in the notorious Orleans hot spot of Boston, Massachusetts at the Harvard Square Theater by a then upstart local company called Starfleet. Some of you may remember tuning in to some of Starfleet's live to air via satellite offerings during the late 70's and early 1980's and apparently Orleans was one of their first link-ups and it's a good one.


The Songs
Three albums into their career and the band were riding high on the top forty success of 'Dance With Me' which appropriately opens the set. It's important to remember this was 1975; a time when brown and dusty blue laid back country influenced rock was all the rage and Orleans straight AOR and west coast days were a few years down the road. With that mind, there's plenty here to enjoy with hooks and tight playing aplenty. The upbeat 'Please Be There' from the band's debut is a notch better than the original while 'Cold Spell' the best song from 'Let There Be Music' takes flight with killer guitar work from John Hall and is very reminiscent of early REO Speedwagon. The title track from the same album has much of the same vibe, but it's on the achingly gorgeous 'Time Passes On' that Orleans truly shine, giving The Eagles a run for their money with melody and vocal harmonies to die for. Last but not least is 'Still The One' which hadn't officially been released yet, but live shows all the potential of the mega-hit single it would become the following year.


In Summary
Coming up in 2012 will be the 40th anniversary of Orleans as a band and it's hard to believe it's been that long. So much good music in four decades with '75 Live Harvard Square' a welcome addition to their wonderful and evergreen catalog of American pop music at it's very best.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Orleans 
 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
TKO - 1979 Let It Roll, Kiss - 2016 The Definitive Examination of Music from The Elder Kiss' cult-classic concept album (Book), Smith, Rex - 1979 Sooner Or Later, Cirkus (UK) - 1973 One, Fannon, John - 2013 Saved All The Pieces, AC/DC - 1983 Flick Of The Switch, Renaissance - 2015 De Lane Lea Studios 1973, Split Enz - 1980 True Colors, Dream Theater - 2005 Octavarium, Vixen (Hawaii) - 2003 The Works, Taglieri, John - 1999 Leap Of Faith, Hansel - 2014 Fluorescent Blue Lights, Turgon, Bruce - 2005 Outside Looking In, Glass Tiger - 1991 Simple Mission, Winger - 1988 Winger
Tags©
Toronto (Band) China (UK) Jesse Damon Silent Rage UFO Paris (Robert Welch) Rock Candy Records Sparklands Lynx (Sweden) Band Of Skulls Marillion Michael Stanley Band Jonah Koslen Michael Stanley Ghost Poets California Guitar Trio Lionel Richie Final Frontier FSB Journey Will T Massey Stackridge Friction Medusa Horizon (France) Kansas Best Of 2013 Hot Leg Teaze Samson Jeffrey Osborne Anneke Van Giersbergen Tesla Deathraiser Secret Smile
All Tags
Search DDG