Joan Armatrading

Hammersmith Odeon (London, England)

Jan 15, 1978

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  1. 1 Willow 04:59
  2. 2 Band Chatter 00:56
  3. 3 Opportunity 03:18
  4. 4 Band Chatter 01:48
  5. 5 Mama Mercy 03:12
  6. 6 Tall In The Saddle 06:26
  7. 7 People 03:19
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Joan Armatrading - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Brian Garfalo - bass
Quitman Dennis - lyricon
David Kemper - drums
Jerry Donahue - electric guitar
Red Young - keyboards

Recorded in her home base of London, this astonishing recording of Joan Armatrading dates back to the time when she had finally won over both critics and the record-buying masses. This show was recorded after the release of her second album, Show Some Emotion, and just prior to the recording of her third, To the Limit.

By this point, Armatrading was a confident and highly expressive singer/songwriter who could comfortably blend acoustic and electric instruments in a distinctly pop oriented, folk-rock style. She was fronting a great band which included guitarist Jerry Donahue from Fairport Convention and David Kemper, who has remained an acclaimed studio and touring drummer.

Her biggest radio hit, "Show Some Emotion," is not among the handful of tracks featured here; however a great version of "Tall In The Saddle" appears nearly 18-months before it was recorded for 1979's Steppin' Out album.