Billy Paul – Live In Europe (1974) [Reissue 2018]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 30:57 minutes | Scans included (LQ) | 1,34 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included (LQ) | 664 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic Surround Sound | Label: Vocalion # CDSML 8546 | Genre: Soul
A really majestic live set from Billy Paul – recorded in the UK at the height of his greatest fame – but in a way that features plenty of longer tracks that really let Billy stretch out and do his thing! Given this expanded setting, there’s a surprisingly righteous feel to most numbers – a sound that continues the groove of Going East and War Of The Gods, and also features a bit more of Paul’s presence as an entertainer on the stage. The album’s a beautiful illustration of the fact that Billy was easily one of the hippest artists working for Philadelphia during the early days – and it offers up some tremendous transformations of the tunes “Thanks For Saving My Life”, “Your Song”, “Me & Mrs. Jones”, “War Of The Gods”, and “Brown Baby”.
Former jazz vocalist Billy Paul found R&B success in the ’70s on Philadelphia International doing a mix of anguished ballads, sophisticated originals, and reworked standards. But Paul was not a great live vocalist either as a jazz or soul singer, something that was evident on this mid-’70s set. No matter how polished or well-rehearsed the backing band, Paul’s flaws couldn’t be covered as smoothly in a concert setting, and they’re revealed along with his strengths – timing, a good delivery, and decent range and interpretative skills.
01. War Of The Gods Introduction
02. Brown Baby
03. Thanks for Saving My Life
04. Me And Mrs Jones
05. Your Song
Arranged by Billy Paul & Caldwell McMillan.
Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London and Central Hall, Chatham, England in December 1973.
Mobile recording facilities provided by The Rolling Stones & The Manor.
Remastered from analogue tapes by Michael J. Dutton.