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Album Review

Recorded in concert accompanied by drummer Keith Knudsen, Lee Michaels goes through mostly extended versions of various songs from five of his first six albums, interspersed with numbers unique to his concerts, such as "My Lady." Oddly enough, Michaels doesn't perform his biggest hit, "Do You Know What I Mean," preferring numbers such as "Oak Fire" and "Rock Me Baby" from the same album. This is an honest presentation of a Lee Michaels concert, with a raw, un-retouched sound, and he is in excellent form, instrumentally and vocally, on numbers like "Hold on to Freedom," "Stormy Monday," and most of the rest of this album. It might not be the best way to start listening to him, however; Recital and the self-titled third album are better in that connection. Lee Michaels Live is a heavy dose of Michaels' brand of bluesy, R&B-based rock, and while he does coax a nice range of sound out of his two-instrument combo, ultimately it lacks some of the variety found on his early studio albums, which also had more of a psychedelic feel than is to be found here. Ironically, the six-minute Keith Knudson drum solo, more than anything in Michaels' own performance, is the one artifact that dates this album.

Customer Reviews

sumpin else

The audio was never good on these live concerts tapes... But it teased old memories... I saw him a few times at the Whiskey-- Chicago opened for him, playin Beatle songs-- Lee was amazing- bare footed-- really cranked, before Frosty on drums, he pushed that B3 with the Leslie Amp-- Jimi Hendrix walked out of the crowd and jammed with him for an hour--- Lee's doing many other things, like most of us - has a cool restuarant in Marina Del Rey, CA, Killer Shrimp-- at a high school reunion 10 years ago, an old friend gave me a cassette of him, my friend, playing Carnival of Life on the accordian...


this guy rocked in 1967,, i hear he lost his hearing from playing so loud.. i am priveledged to have heard him live... he and his drummer frosty rocked hard..... old fashioned rock and roll with something to say

One organ, one drum set, one heck of a live rock album

I had the album in the '70s. I had been looking for this on CD for a long time; finally it dawned on me to try iTunes. This is one heck of a live CD. Lee Michaels totally rocks the organ on this CD. "Hold on to Freedom" is worth the cost of the whole CD.


Born: November 24, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most interesting second-division California psychedelic musicians, keyboardist Lee Michaels was one of the most soulful white vocalists of the late '60s and early '70s. Between 1968 and 1972, he released half a dozen accomplished albums on A&M that encompassed baroque psychedelic pop and gritty white (sometimes gospel-ish) R&B with equal facility. A capable songwriter, Michaels was blessed with an astonishing upper range, occasionally letting loose some thrilling funky wails. In 1971,...
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