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Lee Michaels
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Lee Michaels
Title: Live
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: One Way Records Inc
Release Date: 8/20/1996
Album Type: Live
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Oldies, Soul, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 046633364621, 803680634554

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Makes the Hammond organ scream.
M. Schiks | Bethel, MN. USA | 12/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To me, nothing is more exciting than a keyboard player who knows his or her way around a Hammond B-3. There is no other instrument like it and no other keyboard can copy it. It screams, growls and Lee Michaels knew how to play. Not all the cuts are my favorites...but what he does with intro to Stormy Monday stil makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Other tracks are from fair to great. Michaels was best live. He was a two piece band (played bass with the footpedals)when I saw him. Had a drummer named Frosty. He was incredible. This recording captures that."
Rock organ, the way it was "back in the day".
Mike Kahrs | Fullerton, CA United States | 04/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For me, this double-album reminds me of how concerts sounded in the '70s - loud, distorted, powerful. This album, recorded in a primitive fashion by today's standards, is a benchmark in the evolution of rock keyboardists. Bill Beer of Keyboard Products (LA) fame modified Michaels' Hammond to the extreme, as Beer did for most of the '70s rock bands such as Santana, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, etc. No Hammond organ on any live album sounds better. This album is not one I listen to regularly, but Lee Michaels is on any top-ten list of rock organists main influences, whether they will admit it or not, or whether they even know it or not. I value my copy highly."
Thud & Crunch
(4 out of 5 stars)

"By the time of the release of: "Lee Michaels Live" in 1973, this Musician was indeed well known in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee, migrated from the Central Valley of California to San Francisco in the Mid-Sixties, and very quickly became known as: "The B3 Beast". By the end of that Decade, Lee was a Headliner on Two Coasts {He was the headline Act at the Filmore East in 1971, when Humble Pie recorded their: "Rockin' The Filmore" LP}.

By the early 1970's, The Lee Michaels Band consisted of Lee on Hammond Organ and a Massive Drumming Army named Frosty. By the Time of this Live Release, Lee had Five Albums under his belt and was as popular as Steve Miller {Pre-"Joker"}. His White Soul was a Force in Concert, with Frosty on his left side facing him, these Two Men seemed to be having a 'Duel' on Stage, and enjoying every second of it!

Well, for some reason, this 1973 Record is without Frosty, and as Keith Knudsen, {Future: Doobie Brother} is a fine Drummer, Frosty was the 'Yang' to Lee's 'Ying', and without him: "Live" is the begining of the End.

This CD is a Fair Document of Lee Michaels in Concert, and with "Heighty Hi", "Stormy Monday", "Forty Reasons" and "Day Of Change" it is peppered with Lee's best known Tunes, performed with all the normal Gusto in front of a very happy crowd. The Sound is much like the Double LP that I purchased in 1973, it isn't great, and this CD does not seem to be "Tweaked" from those Original Tapes. For The Children of the Digital Age, the Sound is not the problem at all... BUT, the Fact that Lee Michaels is all but forgoten, 30 Years on...That, is The Real Crime!

This was a Record that meant a lot to me in the Early Seventies, and as it was always a pleasure to see Lee play live in San Francisco, he would all but disapear soon after this Record. This is a Great CD, it is Too Bad that just a very few of us are left to Remember Lee Michaels, and enjoy this Fantastic Music.

A Reminder of an Era, that we will never be a Part of again. Thank You, Lee, Frosty & Keith...Four Stars !!!"