Orleans Download
May 20, 1977King's Island (Mason, OH)
Orleans Download
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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Total Length:
41:38
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Orleans Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Emphysema05:11
  2. 2Please Be There05:15
  3. 3Oughta Daughta (Think I Will)04:51
  4. 4Don't Throw Our Love Away05:18
  5. 5Waking And Dreaming / The Bum09:47
  6. 6Let There Be Music04:03
  7. 7Still The One04:09
  8. 8You Really Got Me / I Want To Hold Your Hand (Incomplete)03:04
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Item Number:
  • 20052947-5219-AD
Date:
  • May 20, 1977
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Emphysema05:11
  2. 2Please Be There05:15
  3. 3Oughta Daughta (Think I Will)04:51
  4. 4Don't Throw Our Love Away05:18
  5. 5Waking And Dreaming / The Bum09:47
  6. 6Let There Be Music04:03
  7. 7Still The One04:09
  8. 8You Really Got Me / I Want To Hold Your Hand (Incomplete)03:04
Total Length:
41:38
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

John Hall - guitar, vocals; Larry Hoppen - guitar, vocals, keyboards, horn; Lance Hoppen - bass, vocals; Wells Kelly - drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals; Jerry Marotta - drums, percussion, horn, vocals

Taken from the Dawson Sound audio archives, this is a classic Orleans show captured when the band was at their artistic peak. The group was still promoting Waking & Dreaming, the 1976 breakthrough album that spawned their biggest hit single, "You're Still The One," and they worked nearly nonstop through 1977. Their hard work and rise to more commercial prominence shines through in this recording and the others available here at Wolfgang's Vault.

When they were in their prime, Larry Hopper and John Hall had a vocal blend that was on par with the Everly Brothers or Lennon and McCartney—that chemistry is evident here on "Still The One," "Waking and Dreaming," and "Let There Be Music." The group was having so much fun at this show, they even break into a special, impromptu medley of British Invasion classics, "You Really Got Me / I Want to Hold Your Hand" (made famous by the Kinks and the Beatles, respectively) as the show's closer.

John Hall (along with his wife and co-songwriter, Johanna Hall) remained part of the Orleans team through 1977, but by the middle of 1978, he departed to pursue a solo career and become politically active over the issue of nuclear power. In 1979, with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash, Hall launched the No Nukes benefit concerts to raise awareness against nuclear power plants.

Orleans would carry on with brothers Larry and Lance Hopper at the helm. They actually scored one the band's biggest hits, "Love Takes Time," after Hall left. Hall's solo career stalled and he returned to Orleans in the early 1990s. By the late 1990s, he again followed his political aspirations, eventually winning a seat in Congress. Orleans (with and without Hall) continue to work sporadically, as does Hall with a solo band. "Don't Throw Our Love Away," captured here, would resurface years later on a studio album released after the band reformed.

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