Album reviews: Live at Ebbets Field Vol. 4 - Reverb

Album reviews: Live at Ebbets Field Vol. 4

Muddy Waters is among the greats who played Ebbets Field in its hey day. Photo by Dick Waterman, GNS.

Muddy Waters is among the greats who played Ebbets Field in its hey day. Photo by Dick Waterman, GNS.

Various artists, “Live at Ebbets Field Vol. 4″ (ListenUp)

Longtime Colorado music fans remember Ebbets Field, one of Denver’s legendary rock clubs of the ’70s. With this fourth release of live material recorded at the club, we’re familiar with the excellent “Live at Ebbets Field” series. Local audiophiles ListenUp recorded many of the shows promoted by club owner Chuck Morris, now the head at AEG Live here.

The series involves countless local players, from fanboy/engineer Bob Ferbrache to author/music historian/executive producer G. Brown, and this fourth edition is a diverse, colorful window into rock, comedy, blues, Latin rock and bluegrass in the mid-’70s.

Standout tracks from El Chicano (“Mas Zacate”) and Howlin’ Wolf (“Killing Floor”) have those artists in their prime, and the crisp recordings capture the bands’ vibrant performances. The Marshall Tucker Band’s “24 Hours at a Time” is potent snapshot of life on the interstate. Also featured on the release: Muddy Waters, Cheech & Chong (who introduce a lovely Beau Brummels tune), Joan Armatrading, Dan Fogelberg and Doc & Merle Watson. The disc is available at Twist & Shout and ListenUp.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.