Over the last several months, Legacy Recordings has been quietly releasing gems from the vault and reissuing overlooked titles from the Columbia, RCA Victor, Arista, Bang, Monument, Ode, and Epic vaults as part of a digital music series. While our primary focus at The Second Disc remains with physical media, periodically we will shed some light on the best of these digital compilations and reissues, such as this previously unreleased live recording from one of the best guitarists and interpreters of song, José Feliciano.
Last Friday, Legacy Recordings quietly dropped a veritable lost treasure onto digital and streaming platforms with the release of an unheard José Feliciano live album entitled Live 1967.
The Puerto Rican guitarist hit No. 3 on the Billboard chart in 1968 with his impassioned reinterpretation of The Doors’ “Light My Fire.” That same year, he performed a rendering of the National Anthem at the World Series that sparked controversy nationwide, while placing his name firmly into public consciousness. But a year before, Feliciano was making waves as a performer, deftly infusing rock and pop classics like “Johnny B. Goode,” “What’d I Say,” and “Satisfaction” with his Latin-tinged musical roots while stunning audiences with his flawless-yet-effortless guitar work. Live 1967 was a document of one such performance that was originally slated for release prior to the release of the breakthrough Feliciano! It’s now been liberated from the vault as part of Legacy’s ongoing digital rollout.
The set presents the guitar maestro running through eleven tracks for an attentive and enthusiastic audience. Aside from the rock and pop hits of the day, he also plays jazz standards like “Miss Otis Regrets,” as well as the Mexican huapango-style folk song “El Pastor,” Roger Miller’s “I’ve Been a Long Time Leaving,” the blues standard “Got My Mojo Working,” and more. Altogether, the set presents Feliciano at the height of his talents – solo acoustic, and right at the cusp of stardom – performing standards old and new as only he can.
Live 1967 is currently available on digital and streaming platforms. You can give it a listen with the Spotify player below, or download it in standard-resolution on Amazon, in high-resolution 24bit/192kHz FLAC at Acoustic Sounds, and it’s also available on other digital/streaming platforms. You can find links to the standard-definition and high-resolution downloads and a full track listing below!
José Feliciano, Live 1967 (RCA Victor/Legacy, 2019 – recorded live in 1967)
- Got My Mojo Working
- Miss Otis Regrets
- Theme from “Zorba The Great”
- Earl’s Breakdown [Earl Scruggs Breakdown]
- I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
- Johnny B. Goode
- El Pastor
- I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be A Long Time Gone)
- La Trada Bilbao
- What’d I Say