Quick Picks reviews of live albums, reissues and a 1970 Dutch festival

By Dave Thompson

We’ve got live albums, front-row seats to a 1970 Dutch music festival, a deluxe reissue set featuring both vinyl and CD formats and an American spin on English traditional music up for review in this edition of Quick Picks.

Sweet_LilveAtMarqueeThe Sweet
“Live at the Marquee 1986″
Angel Air (CD)
Genre: ’70s pop
Highlights: “Love Is Like Oxygen,” “Fox On The Run”
Summary: A decade past their sell-by date, but The Sweet rebound around guitarist Andy Scott for a fiery recounting of all that made the band marvelous.
OUR TAKE: BUY

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer Child BalladsAnais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
“Child Ballads”
Wilderland (CD)
Genre: Folk/Traditional
Highlights: “Riddles Wisely Expounded,” “Tam Lin”
Summary: Two top U.S. folkies tackle seven of England’s top trad tunes, rewiring and revitalizing even the most familiar. Truly captivating and contagious.
OUR TAKE: BUY

Hawkwind Warrior On The Edge of TimeHawkwind
“Warrior on The Edge of Time”
Atomhenge/Cherry Red (CD + LP box set)
Genre: Space rock
Highlights: “The Golden Void Part 2,” “Opa-Loka”
Summary: Resplendent in a goodies stuffed box, 2 CDs, vinyl and a 5.1 mix, Hawkwind’s mid-70s masterpiece remains as excessive and electric as ever.
OUR TAKE: BUY

Quicksilver Messenger Service Live at the FillmoreQuicksilver Messenger Service
“Live at the Fillmore, June 7, 1968″
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra (CD, LP)
Genre: Psychedelia
Highlights: “Mona,” “Who Do You Love”
Summary: A blistering performance from one of psych’s most glorious experiences, QMS at the peak of their powers, hypnotic, howling and heavy. Jam on!
OUR TAKE: BUY

The Dutch WoodstockVarious Artists
“The Dutch Woodstock”
Gonzo Multimedia  (CD/DVD)
Genre: Classic rock
Highlights: Pink Floyd, Soft Machine
Summary: At last a release for the 1970 festival that drew in everyone from the Airplane and Santana to T. Rex and Family. Great sound, killer vision.
OUR TAKE: BUY

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