Clarence Clemons Live in Asbury Park
- Released: February 2, 2004
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Valley
Living Blues - 6/03, p.122"...These 13 tracks show the veteran saxman stompin' harder than ever....Clemons and company lather up this raucous rock'n'roll set with a liberal dose of funk..."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Washington Bond
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Small Things
- $0.99 on iTunes3.CC Angel
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Sax In The City
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Heat Of A Full Moon
- $0.99 on iTunes6.One Step Two Step
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Jump Start My Heart
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Livin Without You
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Fatha John
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Don't Walk Away
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Paradise By The "C"
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Road To Paradise
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Savin' Up
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Personnel includes: Clarence Clemons (vocals, saxophone, percussion); Billy Livesay (vocals, guitar); Randi Fishenfeld (vocals, violin); John Colby (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Paul Pettitt (vocals, organ, synthesizer); Steve Argy (vocals, bass); Tomas Diaz (vocals, percussion).
The Uptown Horns: Crispin Cioe (alto & baritone saxophone); Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone); Larry Etkin (trumpet); Bob Funk (trombone).
Recorded live at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, New Jersey on September 2-3, 2001.
Personnel: Clarence Clemons (vocals, saxophone, percussion); Billy Livesay (vocals, guitar); John Colby (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Paul Pettitt (vocals, organ, synthesizer); Tomas Diaz (vocals, percussion); Steve Argy (vocals); Randi Fishenfeld (violin); Crispin Cioe (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone); Laurence Etkin (trumpet); Bob Funk (trombone).
Audio Mixer: Toby Scott.
Recording information: The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (09/02/2001/09/03/2001).
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
It seems Clarence Clemons has been playing a lesser role with each new Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tour. It could be his faltering health (hip replacement, detached retina) or the fact that Springsteen is coming up with songs that don't seem to call for much sax anymore. Either way, Clemons gets plenty of blowing time leading his own septet. On Live from Asbury Park, he tackles three rare Springsteen originals; an instrumental version of "Small Things," the similarly unreleased "Savin' Up," and the rollicking showpiece "Paradise by the C." On the latter tune, Clemons seems to run out of breath a bit, and his bandmates don't seem to able to support him very well. This tune probably should have been left off. Clemons' originals vary between your average-but-fun bar band boogie ("C.C. Angel") and some moody ballads ("Livin' Without You"). Seems it was a fun night, watching the famous Clemons at a relatively intimate venue (it was outside though, not actually inside the Stone Pony), but the disc leaves you with the impression that fans were hoping for Springsteen to show up and jam (he did, a different night, and does not make an appearance on this disc). On a well-produced studio recording perhaps, this band could really shine. ~ John Duffy
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