The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, 'The Last of the Teenage Idols'
In mid-Seventies glam-mad Britain, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band was the greatest show in town: a brilliantly conceived hard-rock theater of comic-outlaw melodrama, genuine droog-like menace and commercially savvy songwriting, with the Glasgow-born vocal pirate Alex Harvey at the irresistible center of the action. Harvey was actually long past adolescence – in his late 30s – when he launched his genuinely sensational band with the 1972 debut, Framed. This 14-disc monument to Harvey's life before and at the top of the pops opens with two tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1963 – three years before, Harvey's Big Beat Band opened a show in Scotland for an early lineup of the Beatles. But the main meal is the eight SAHB albums with bonus dynamite from the band's glory years on stage. Harvey, who died in 1982 on the eve of yet another show, was not the first or last of rock's teenage idols. He was simply one of the best.