Summer Of Sorcery Live! At The Beacon Theatre is nearly three and a half hours of nostalgic and new rock and roll by Stevie Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) and the Disciples Of Soul, recorded on the final night of their Summer Of Sorcery tour on 6th November 2019 at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.

The live album is mixed by Bob Clearmountain, and mastered by Bob Ludwig who are both long time collaborators, and their experience shows. The three CD’s and five vinyl albums include thrilling performances of every song from Summer Of Sorcery alongside tracks from Van Zandt’s solo career especially 2017’s acclaimed solo return, Soulfire, as well as songs he wrote for Southside Johnny and Asbury Jukes together with some previously unreleased songs.

Disc one kicks off with a very special introduction from counter culture icon Wavy Gravy and then it is a matter of just sitting back and immersing yourself in the music. Opening track is Communion with its richly bombastic arrangement which is followed by Camouflage Of Righteousness from his 1999 solo album Born Again Savage.

Songs from the Summer Of Sorcery are not delivered as per the track listing but are transversed across disc one and two, which makes the track listing a smorgasbord of music. Disc one sees the inclusion of Party Mambo! Love Again, I Visit The Blues, Gravity, and final track, A World Of Our Own. Suddenly You, an outtake from the Lilyhammer score which Van Zandt composed opens disc two, and other Summer Of Sorcery tracks include Vortex, Superfly Terraplaner, the high powered performance of Soul Power Twist and of course the epic eight minute floor shaking version of the title track.

There is a reimagining of Education which was first recorded for his 1989 solo electronic album Revolution on disc one, as is Love On The Wrong Side Of Town from 2017’s Soulfire. There is Los Desaparecidos from the bands Voice Of America along with Little Girl So Fine. There is the Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes Trapped Again which serves to give completeness to this disc.

Disc two sees a surprise appearance by Peter Wolf, who lends his inimitable vocals to powerhouse versions of J. Geils Band’s Freeze Frame and Artists United Against Apartheid’s 1985 landmark protest anthem, Sun City. Other tracks Include I’m A Patriot, Bitter Fruit, Forever and disc closer, Out Of The Darkness.

Further highlights include spectacular covers of The Youngbloods On Sir Francis Drake, The Dovells’ Bristol Of Stomp, The Animals Club-A-Go-Go and Bruce Springsteen’s Tuscan Train and with disc three seeing everybody getting into their stride, it is an undoubted exciting end to the concert.

Electric Flag’s Nick Gravenites joins Van Zandt for a spectacular rendition of Groovin’ Is Easy, and Peter Wolf is back for an explosive cover of The Showstoppers hit (Ain’t Nothin’ But A) Houseparty. Ride The Night Away with Jimmy Barnes keeps the party going and Zandt’s version of Moon Tears performed with the very talented Nils Lofgren would bring any house down.

The festivities come to a rousing conclusion with a star studded version of Sun City which edits together performances with Jimmy Barnes, Sam Fender, Peter Garrett, Clarence Clemons’ nephew Jake, Courtney Hadwin, Garland Jeffreys and Bruce Springsteen.

This three disc album has expertly captured Little Steven bringing the house down with his immensely talented Disciples Of Soul and after a mammoth live concert brought to an end with the crowd singing along, this is a delightful selection of great rock music that is worthy of any collection.

Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Number of CDs: 3

Running time: 3:24:00

Released on: Wicked Cool Records/Ume

Release date: 9th July 2021

Formats: Blue-ray video/ 3 CD/Limited edition 5LP colour vinyl box set

To Purchase: