Marquee Revue: Live
The generic ‘sun-dial’ cover keeps delivering hits, here in the form of an early 70s club band who pack a lot more punch than expected. Straight outta Omaha, the Marquee Revue have more in common with fuzzed out hippie cover bands like Smack or Marble Phrogg than the lounge-rock acts they’re usually lumped in with. They do offer some lukewarm Top 40 moves in the middle of side 1 (including the one band original), but prior to that we get a pretty good wah-wah take on CSN:s “Carry On”, while the first side closes with a ballsy, crude take on the James Gang’s “Funk 49”. This is just a warm-up for side 2, where we’re treated to extended, raw, guitar-jam covers of “Sympathy For The Devil”, “Evil Ways”, and Sly Stone’s “Higher”, the latter which goes into hard urban drone-funk noise that sounds almost like The Numbers Band. The Stones cover is arguably even better with a superb rhythm section groove, and the whole second side reminds me of heavy shit like the Cosmic Travelers. According to a band member, only a few hundred copies were sold, but due to its unassuming surface and fairly unknown status, this album can probably be scored for modest dollars. Among early 70s cover band LPs from the Midwest, this one is hard to beat.