Audio Premiere: Alex Chilton Live in ‘97

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Tracks appear on new archival release, issued this week on Bar/None.

 By Blurt Staff

 On the night of February 13th1997, Alex Chilton and his band were getting ready to play their second set of the night at the Knitting Factory in New York City when the lights went out.  What happened was this album, a spontaneous off the cuff performance by Alex on a borrowed acoustic guitar with his drummer Richard Dworkin sitting in for half the set. BLURT is right chuffed (as our British uncle might put it) to unveil an audio stream taken from that performance:

 It’s Alex Chilton thinking on his feet, totally in the moment, bouncing songs and ideas off the folks that stuck around for a real, one-of-a-kind exchange.  Fortunately long time Chilton fan Jeffrey Vargon was there at the Knitting Factory with a tape recorder. This set is now being released by venerable indie label Bar/None as Electricity by Candlelight on October 8. Vargon’s remembrance of the night is included as liner notes with the album package. This recording is taken from the original source tape.

 On a personal note: BLURT’s editor caught Chilton circa this same time when he toured through North Carolina, and despite his reputation for being somewhat standoffish at times, he was nothing less than charming. He put on a terrific performance too, including some of the same songs that appear on the Candlelight album. So it’s doubly nice to have this music available after all these years. Chilton was one of a kind.

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