About this CD
- Recording: September 23, 1972, Summit Club, Los Angeles, CA
- Release date: February 20, 2007
- Label: Concord
- Catalog number: 8628
- Produced by Al Bell
- Musicians: unknown
- A rare chance to hear a soul legend tear it up live at his peak.
- Because this set was being filmed, the sound is surprisingly good for a live album of this vintage.
- Extended versions of Taylor's hits and workouts on other Stax labelmates' songs make this a must for blues and soul fans.
- The hastily-assembled backup band isn't a perfect match for the legend.
For his part, Taylor's never been in better form, constructing a revue that's bluesier, looser, and more raw than even his famous Memphis recordings. He also stretches out a lot -- "Who's Making Love," his biggest hit at the time, goes to five minutes, and "Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone" runs a full nine -- and he finds room to include two versions of Clarence Carter's "Steal Away," one funky, one more traditional, as well as takes on little-heard gems from his back catalog like "Little Bluebird" and "Hello Sundown." The backup band assembled for these shows misses a number of cues, so many that Taylor has to upbraid them in public. But he does most of his talking with the audience, resulting in the kind of bond you only see at the best soul concerts. And Concord promises much more of this kind of thing to come.