SABRE DANCE live (1968) by Love Sculpture - on John Peel's radio show





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Published on Nov 6, 2009

Love Sculpture were a power trio in the sixties, and featured Dave Edmunds on guitar before he launched his successful solo career.

The tune which started it for Love Sculpture was their single 'Sabre Dance' which raced up the English charts at the time. However, what prompted this single was their earlier live performance of it on 16 September 1968 on British DJ John Peel's radio show, 'Top Gear'. There was a tremendous reaction to this performance, with some people not believing it was done live or suggesting a session guitarist had done it. As a result, shortly after Love Sculpture recorded the track and released it as a single in November 1968.

This is the original live track recorded on Peel's radio show. It is rough, raw, and is not the sort of thing that people would probably want to listen to these days. In fact, Edmunds appears to have downplayed Love Sculpture when referring to his past, and performed none of their material as a solo artist, except for the occasional inclusion of 'Sabre Dance' (which these days he does with Chet Atkins type guitar fills). But for 1968, it was amazing guitar work, both this and the studio version. (As for the extra long version he did on LS's second album, 'Forms and Feelings', I think it missed the rawness of the original versions, and sadly the producers sped up the recording to give it more drive, which I think detracted from it. Still, it is fantastic guitar work in its own right).

I also love Congo's relentless propulsive drumming on this track.

I have made my own widescreen video of this track using as many images of Love Sculpture as I could find and from my own collection.

Comments are welcome.

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