Alive! In Concert, Vol. 1
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||Shine on Me (Live)||The Limeliters||3:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||John Henry (Live)||The Limeliters||3:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Vasectomy (Live)||The Limeliters||3:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Malaguena Salerosa (Live)||The Limeliters||5:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||That's Just the Way It Goes (Live)||The Limeliters||3:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Harmony (Live)||The Limeliters||3:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Irish Medley: O Donnell a Boo/By the Risin' of the Moon/Danny Boy/Whiskey in the Jar (Live)||The Limeliters||8:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Circles (Live)||The Limeliters||4:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||That's How I Remember Yesterday (Live)||The Limeliters||3:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||South Bound Passenger Train (Live)||The Limeliters||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Streamlined Cannonball (Live)||The Limeliters||5:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Folk Medley: Hard Travelin' Mount Zion/Wayfarin' Stranger/Lonesome Traveler (Live)||The Limeliters||7:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hard Way to Make an Easy Living (Live)||The Limeliters||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Beautiful Fantasy (Live)||The Limeliters||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Million a Day (Live)||The Limeliters||3:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Hundred Men (Live)||The Limeliters||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream (Live)||The Limeliters||3:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||America the Beautiful/This Land Is Your Land (Live)||The Limeliters||3:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
With this live album recorded in Atlanta, the Limeliters introduced their new members, vocalist Red Grammer and accompanist John David. In 1981, Grammer replaced the again-departed Glenn Yarbrough, who finally got his chance to go into semi-retirement and sail around the world. At 34, Grammer was a poised performer who was a children's entertainer on the side. His Irish tenor allowed the group to continue performing many of the old Limeliters standards. Alex Hassilev's voice had deepened by now and he often took the bass role, while Lou Gottlieb roved around the mid-range. David, the "4th Limeliter," stayed in the background, playing a variety of stringed instruments while contributing to the occasional four-part harmony song. Grammer's composition, "Harmony," is featured; it became a staple of the group's live act. Grammer's inclusion helped energize the stagnating group dynamics. His medley of traditional Irish tunes is a show-stopper. Gottlieb's highlight is a pseudo-country ditty entitled "Vasectomy," giving him ample opportunity to ham it up.
I had the pleasure of seeing the Limeliters with Red Grammar, their new Irish tenor, back in the 90's and their harmonies make every song worthwhile. While I enjoyed the old style when Glenn was with the group, Red brings a new dynamic to the songs that simply shouldn't be missed. Don't skimp and cheat yourself... buy the entire collection.
Formed: 1959 in Hollywood, CA
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s