Rare Alex Chilton Live Album


On the night of February 13 1997, former Big Star and Box Tops singer Alex Chilton and his band were getting ready to play their second set of the night at the Knitting Factory in New York City when the lights went out. On a borrowed acoustic guitar Chilton gave a spontaneous off the cuff performance with his drummer Richard Dworkin sitting in for half the set.

Long time Chilton fan Jeffrey Vargon was also there – with a tape recorder – and the set is now being released by Bar/None as Electricity by Candlelight on October 8. Vargon’s remembrance of the night is included as liner notes with the album package. The recording is taken from the original source tape.

Much of the material Chilton had never played in concert – before or after: country, some Beach Boys and a few songs he may not have played until that very moment. Keeping with the country flavor is a rare studio recording of Alex doing ‘Bet Your Heart On Me,’ a 1981 country hit by Johnny Lee. Chilton’s version originally appeared on a compilation called Love is My Only Crime and is added as a bonus on the CD.

Chilton, passed away in 2010, having lived in New Orleans since the early 1980s.

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1. Last Bouquet
2. Step Right This Way
3. Let’s Get Lost
4. D-I-V-O-R-C-E
5. Raining In My Heart
6. Lovesick Blues
7. Girl From Ipanema
8. My Baby Just Cares For Me
9. Motel Blues
10. Someone To Watch Over Me
11. Footprints In The Snow
12. A Case Of You
13. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
14. Surfer Girl
15. Solar System
16. I Walk The Line
17. If I Had A Hammer
18. You Can Bet Your Heart On Me

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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