Live at Leeds

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  1. playthecray

    playthecray Supporting Member

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    I have been really inspired lately with Live at Leeds. I picked up the deluxe version. It is a truly wonderful live show, great mix as well. It would be hard pressed to find a better rhythm guitar player. One classic riff after another. Pete had a great ability to roll off the guitar volume and control the amount of distortion and clean tones. I do not have the luxury of playing through a Hiwatt stack or an SG with P-90's. I play through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with either a Les Paul or a Strat. Has anyone been able to cop the Live at Leeds sound and what are you using?
     
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    I think it's a Hiwatt with a Superfuzz. I can get close with my Clubman and a big nasty type fuzz.

    I love that album. One of the single best moments in music ever for me is when we hits those thundering unaccompanied D and A chords to go into the final part of A Quick One While He's Away.
     
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    I can get something in the neighborhood with a dr504 slammed with a rangemaster and a paf type humbucker les paul
     
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    I came very close with a Gibson SG Classic, a Boss FZ-2 and a Marshall JMP 2203. Most important is the amp: you definitely need a big powerful amplifier which gives you a good crunch sound. An oldschool British amplifier, a Hiwatt, Vox or Marshall. Those Hiwatts only give you THAT sound if you turn them up really loud. We're talking about deafening volumes here! But if you got one... I once played in a large sportshall with my Les Paul through an early '70s Hiwatt DR103 with the pre amp volumes dimed and the master at 8... :dude But there's no way you can do that at any other place...
     
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    Thanks Emiel. That's pretty much what I thought. It's the best high gain sound I have heard.
     
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    BJF aka BJFE is working on a pedal "Model H" that is said to really nail cranked Hiwatt tones, so that would be something to watch for.
     
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    Wattson Super Fuzz is perfect to cop the Univox Superfuzz that Pete kicks in all over that album. A P-90 equipped mahoghany bodied guitar will go a long way too.
     
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    Also the MJM China Fuzz, their SuperFuzz clone, has a toggle switch setting labelled "Leeds."
     
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    Thanks for the info Mudster.
     
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    Thanks Don. That is clever on their part. Have you used the MJM China Fuzz?
     
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    I was thinking about that tone the other day. I find that most sounds can be approximated and/or imitated, but i don't think i've ever heard anyone cop that sound. Usually I hear too much Marshall sound in the crunchiness, and it's not that at all.
     
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    +1, I love that as well! :BEER
     
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    Best live album of all time. imho, of course.
     
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    Yeah, they set the bar really really high!!
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    Quite possibly. But the number of live albums that are any good at all is pretty small.

    After "Live At Leeds", what other really good ones are there?

    • AC/DC "If You Want Blood"
    • "Slade Alive"
    • Lou Reed "Rock'n'Roll Animal"
    • Stiff Little Fingers "Hanx"
    • Hanoi Rocks "All Those Wasted Years"
    • Sick Of It All "Live In A Dive"
    Most live albums are pretty lame, just released for contractual obligation purposes.

    Actually The Groundhogs also have an album called "Live At Leeds", recorded in 1971 at the same space where the Who had performed, and their album is pretty good too.
     
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    Band of Gypsys
    Live at Fillmore East
    Friday Night in San Francisco
    Stop Making Sense
     
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    Stiff Little Fingers "Hanx"! gets my vote- actually sounds better than the 2 studio albums that the songs came from!
    Jake Burns got some great tones from his Yamaha SG clone [you can hear him cussing it out for being out of tune on an old bootleg- "f#%ing Japanese guitar"!!!
     

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