Agitation Free — At the Cliffs of River Rhine
(Garden of Delights CD 028, 1998, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-12-29
I first heard this show on a cassette tape and it was quite notable for being perhaps the only listenable Agitation Free show in circulation at the time, I had heard one or two others that were practically only mud and distortion. I'd bet if it wasn't for German radio and television archives, the 70s would have been much poorer in documentation, and this title, first released on Garden of Delights and later Revisited under a different title (Live '74), is one of the gems of the WDR radio station archives. Where on the band's two studio albums improvisation was focused into tighter song formats, here you get it all, including some nice long jams that go off the map. Just like with the Grateful Dead from the same era, there is a real feeling of joy with the music here, the peaks in particular are ecstatic and brimming with hope, a true, shimmering beauty arises from the collective, like watching the sun rise. I'd rate this piece right up there with some of the best documented live shows of the era.
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