Category Archives: Live At the Rainbow
Five times voted Uk Female Vocalist of the Year, her choice of material was impeccable. Coming On Strong, Free’s classic Wishing Well and a Soul Medley are just a few of the delights to revel in on this album. But standing head and shoulders above these tracks is her towering version of I Was In Chains…this release…gives the opportunity to relive a great talent
Colin Bell, On the Record
…the sound quality is surprisingly good for a live recording of this vintage.
The first eight tracks are a prime example of just how good and how powerful vocalist Maggie Bell was and still is…
Steve Ward, Wondrous Stories (Feb 2002)
…this concert catches her in her prime. A fabulous band powered by keyboardist Pete Wingfield, they clearly had a ball…lovers of the likes of Free’s ‘Wishing Well’ and The Sutherland Brothers ‘I Was In Chains’ make one pine for another of her ilk.
Classic Rock (March 2002)
Bell’s powerful yet soulful vocals suit the mix of blues, rock, R & B and pop in which she dabbled very well and this set encapsulates her rightful claim to be judged as one of the UK’s top female singers of the times…The closing number, ‘Shout’, is so fast and passionate that Maggie all but brings the house down. A fantastic archive package.
Record Collector (March 2002)
An extremely powerful singer with more than a hint of Janis Joplin about her, she manages to takes songs such as ‘Wishing Well’ and stretch the original, so much so that it sounds better than the original…
The encores show that the band is having a party and everyone is invited. Plain good rock and roll lunatic fun that has transferred well onto this compact disc. This is Angel Air’s 100th release, and they have made the ton in great style.
Feedback, (March 2002)
…another sterling Angel Air release…Built around her forthcoming Suicide Sal solo debut but with plenty of room to manoeuvre around that, Live…captures one of Britain’s finest ever blues-rock singers…
Goldmine (March 2002)
This is a fine album from a great performer. I just love it.
Frankie Mouse, Modern Dance, Issue 38 (June 2002)
…she aquits herself well with this feisty performance…
Hartlepool Mail, (November 2002)
…Maggie’s larger than life personality totally dominates the proceedings. The track listing boasts fine covers of Free’s ‘Wishing Well’…alongside a splendid Pete Wingfield inspired ‘Soul Medley’.
Kevin Bryan, Stirling News (February 2003)
Here’s one of the finest female voices to come out of the UK. Stone The Crows promised so much, but that’s another story in their cruelly too short existence. This set comes from the personal archive of band member Mo Foster [bass]…. There’s good bass lines in Wishing Well as Maggie gives the song her own treatment…the first half of this CD is worth the price alone.
Blues Matters (July 2003)