The Philadelphia Live Album Returns with this Steely Dan joint, “Northeast Corridor” recorded live at The Met Philadelphia in November of 2019.
Grover Washington Jr.’s Live at the Bjiou.
David Bowie’s David Live at the Tower.
John Legend’s Live from Philadelphia.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s September 25, 1999 live album.
Dio’s Finding the Sacred Heart: Live from Philly 1986.
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Spectrum Philadelphia 23rd May 1988.
Billy Paul’s Feelin’ Good at the Cadillac Club.
The Philadelphia-recorded live album is always historic, and hysterical to hear. Especially if you were around for the ride.
Maybe I can’t exactly hear myself whooping it up at The Boss, the Bowie, the Legend or the Stevie Ray shows I know I attended (of what I can remember), and whose taping vibe I was at one with (too much, I know) while the reels ran, but I am a part of that man-music-machine.
As of today, August 13, I just found out that I was part of another live album’s recording – the first live album from Steely Dan in over a quarter-century, Northeast Corridor – chunks of which were recorded during Donald Fagen and company’s November shows of 2019 at The Met Philadelphia, the site of Steely Dan’s upcoming shows this October.
The live album’s first single, a playful version of “Hey Nineteen” was dropped today, and is part of The Met’s tapings, as is its cover shot, lensed by a local.
What I recall now about those 2019 shows was that the Dan’s usually squeaky clean R&B-jazz veneer was given some proper scuffing from its then new guitarist Woodstock, New York’s Connor Kennedy on favorites such as “My Old School,” and a frantic “Bodhisattva,” and that Fagen himself sounded chesty and moaning-ly soulful.