Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
As always good fine music
Bruno Kohli | Schweiz | 04/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I always was looking for the complete live album from Al. All the songs are like a little holiday..., take the time and listen to Al...."
Strong Live Performances with Five Very Good Studio Tracks
Parrish A. Highley | Somewhere I've Never Travelled | 11/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I truly appreciate everything Stewart and writing partner Peter White were able to do with just two guitars on Rhymes in Rooms, I favor Live -- Indian Summer because of the full ensemble of musicians and vocalists performing here. This live recording also boasts the finest Al Stewart live performance I have ever heard recorded: the full thirteen minute version of Nostradamus (pt.1) / The World Goes To Rhiyad / Nostradamus (pt.2) complete with piano, violin, guitar solos that leave no musically gifted onstage stone unturned. I remembered how much I liked the violins solos, but I had completely forgotten how wonderful the piano solos were on this song. It remains a sort of mystery to me how lifeless the studio recording is in comparison.
Every single performance here is, at the very least, very good if not better. The only two songs that casual fans of live performances might require a bit getting used to are probably Time Passages and Year Of The Cat. Both were so perfectly produced by Alan Parsons that there simply is no way to imitate that in even the best live performance. The live renditions are quite good, but not likely to appeal to those who tend to have a difficult time with live recordings.
Other songs that come across very well include Valentina Way, On The Border, Merlin's Time, and Running Man. There is even an interesting story regardin Clarence Frogman Henry that Stewart relates to the audience. Of the studio tracks, I favor both "Pandora" and "Delia's Gone" but I would also say "Indian Summer" deserves some honorable mention. But if there is one song that stands out among the others, it would be none other than the live version of Nostradamus!"
Al Stewart Live--Indian Summer
Mark A. Klota | 03/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed it when it first came out on LP and revisited that pleasure with the CD. Even though it is not a true "Live" album, I still get the Live feeling. The "Frogman" piece is typical of Al when performing live.
Thanks for reissuing it."