Picks and Pans Review: Live in London

updated 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Ricky Skaggs

Skaggs picks and sings in fine form. His band, notably steel guitarist Bruce Bouton, seems to have had no trouble temporarily transplanting its bluegrass-country roots to London's Dominion Theatre, either. There are several new tunes—for example, You Make Me Feel Like a Man and a rollicking duet with Elvis Costello on Don't Get Above Your Raisin'—to go with such standbys as Heart broke and Country Boy. The problem with this live LP is that either in the recording or mixing process, the audience was toned down so much they sound as if they were applauding from the next shire. Since part of the appeal of concert albums is that vague sense of a crowd getting into the music and inspiring the performers, a lot of impact is lost. (Epic)

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