Formed in Glasgow in 1969, Stone The Crows cut their teeth in the pubs of Scotland and had everything going for them: not one, but two gritty singers, a talented guitarist, a rhythm section that had played with John Mayall, plus the kudos of having Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant as their producer. With a slew of critically acclaimed albums, it was on stage that the Crows really ¬ew free, as these exciting recordings attest. The undoubted jewel in their crown was lead singer Maggie Bell. Winner of several Top Female Singer awards, Bell had a raunchy, gutbucket voice which, although it fell short of the naked emotion and range of Janis Joplin’s, probably came closer to her style than any other female singer. When her powerful vocals caught the attention of Peter Grant, his visceral reaction – “stone the crows!” – led the band to change their name. This 2LP set captures their Blues/Rock prowess on stage at the BBC’s Paris Theatre in London’s Regent Street. Founder member guitarist/songwriter Leslie Harvey plays on ve tracks, while the 1972 concert sees a young Jimmy McCulloch (Thunderclap Newman) on guitar, culminating in a dozen live versions of tracks from Teenage Licks and Ontinuous Performance together with songs often featured in their live sets.