Live at the Apollo: James Brown’s Explosive Masterpiece

Tangled Up In Music

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I have no doubt that live albums can be just as valid of an artistic statement as the studio ones if done right. But what exactly should an artist do on stage to make it worth not only seeing him but also paying a little extra cash to have that performance in audio format? Well, there is the case of the performance being important from a historical perspective. When it comes to albums such as Neil Young’s Time Fades Away or Bob Dylan’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall the back-story is just as important as the music itself. Knowing that both artists were defying audience’s expectations in order to follow their artistic vision adds an extra dimension to the whole experience – you can almost sense the tension (or hear the booing in the case of Dylan) as if you’re part of the crowd on that particular day.

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