Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall


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Review Text The Scaffold are probably best remembered for their musical recordings, yet on-stage in particular, they did not stick solely or primarily to one media, mixing in a lot of comedy and some poetry. This 1968 concert recording may thus be a more accurate representation of their work (and certainly their live performances) than more commonly circulating CD compilations, which emphasize their pop music recordings (which, of course, did contain a lot of comedy). That doesn't mean, however, that this is a better and more artistic document of their artistry than their music-oriented studio tracks. The majority of it's given over to sketches, dialog, and poetry, and there's sometimes the sense (especially in the dead-air pauses followed by laughter) that you're missing some visual information essential to getting the most out of the material. More problematically, the humor, while far from dumb, isn't rip-roaringly funny. It's gentle, mildly artsy satire with a genteel British restraint, occasionally punctuated by nudge-nudge sexual innuendo (and, in "Poem for National LSD Week," drug references) that are not just mild, but quaint. The recording quality isn't much help; while the spoken dialogue's easily audible, there's an echoing, distant quality that doesn't serve the material as well as it could. There is some music here, but not much, including a rather thin rendering of their big British hit "Thank U Very Much" and the far more comically intended drinking song "Ten Whiskey Bottles." Dave Mason of Traffic is credited with guitar and sitar, incidentally, though whatever he plays is extremely low-profile. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  1. 1. Ten Whiskey Bottles - 4:21
  2. 2. Virginity - 3:40
  3. 3. Son of Lent - 4:34
  4. 4. Love Story - 7:35
  5. 5. Old Folks - 5:35
  6. 6. 2 Day's Monday - 3:04
  7. 7. Father John - 7:09
  8. 8. This Must Be Love - 4:36
  9. 9. Poetry: Two Early Morning Poems/Lollipopman/Poem for National ... - 4:48
  10. 10. Dear Diary - 2:24
  11. 11. Thank U Very Much - 2:20

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