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Christie live sets:
This is a list of some of the songs featured in the Christie live shows over the years. Which set do you remember seeing?


Titles in yellow are cover versions of other artists' songs
 
1970 playlist

Christie 1970Yellow River
San Bernadino
Down The Mississippi Line
New York City
Inside Looking Out
Put Your Money Down
Man Of Many Faces
Slow Down (Carl Perkins)
Bird Dog/When Will I Be Loved (Everly Brothers)
You Really Got a Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson)
Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Walker Brothers)
Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix/Tim Rose)

Jeff notes: "Basically pretty well all the songs listed were performed sometime or other within a given time span, excluding Yellow River and San Bernadino which were performed continually as they were hits. Each subsequent single release would obviously necessitate continual performance to promote it for a period of time, eg. Man of Many Faces. Sometimes singles that weren’t hits at home were hits in different territories, therefore they would be included in those places and not necessarily anywhere else."

 
1970-71 playlist

Ticket 1971Yellow River
San Bernadino
Magic Highway
Martian King
Peace Lovin' Man
Picture Painter
My Baby's Gone
Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Rock'n'roll Woman (Buffalo Springfield)
Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan)
Tobacco Road (Nashville Teens)
Hey Joe

Jeff notes: "The times they were a changing, and Paul’s influence and the fact that he was a good drummer enabled the band to experiment more with heavyweight material, much to the chagrin of manager Brian. So rightly or wrongly we stretched ourselves, and all jumped together. “Heavy”was the currency of the day and many bands had reinvented themselves and experimented for a while - including The Beatles. I don’t remember having to twist anybody’s arm in the band for this change of direction. Interestingly, we never played For All Mankind on stage, as we couldn't spare anyone to play keyboards."

 
1972-75 playlist
Christie 1974

Yellow River
San Bernadino
Iron Horse
Fools Gold
The Dealer
Pleasure And Pain
One Way Ticket
One For The Road
Alabama
I'm Alive
Guantanamera
Liar (Argent)
Red Man (Rare Bird)
Navajo
Tobacco Road
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Positively 4th Street

Jeff notes: "There were more personnel changes and more different ideas - fresh blood, fresh input, so to speak. Overall apart from the usual suspects songwise (hit singles and current singles), some stalwarts like Positively 4th Street and Tobacco Road held their team place. Red Man and Liar* were songs previously recorded by Capability Brown, and their members performed the songs when they joined Christie."

*Liar, written by Russ Ballard, was also a top 10 hit for Three Dog Night.

 
1990's playlist
Jeff 1990s

Yellow River
San Bernadino
Iron Horse
Down The Mississippi Line
Fools Gold
Country Boy
City Streets (Carole King)
No Reply (The Beatles)
Up Around The Bend (CCR)
Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
Proud Mary (CCR)
Feel A Whole Lot Better (Byrds)
Money/Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)
Friday On My Mind (Easybeats)
Handle With Care (Travelling Wilburys)
Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
Take It Easy (Eagles)
It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
Sabre Dance (Dave Edmunds)
All Right Now (Free)
I Hear You Knocking (Fats Domino)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
Jeopardy (Greg Kinh)

Bassist Kevin Moore notes: "Jeff generally chose the songs for the set, but we had some input for our "solo" stuff. Fos, Simon and I have a great knowledge of the era, and knew stuff like All Right Now and I Hear You Knocking dovetailed well with Christie songs, as they charted around the same time.
    I have video of me singing both the Free song, and the Easybeats' Friday On My Mind which I sang for a time. The choice of Sabre Dance to showcase Fos really paid off with visits to Russia (as it was written by Katchaturian) and Israel, where we segued Hava Nagila into it (eagle-eared listeners may also spot Hall of the Mountain King and parts of Deep Purple's Highway Star in there!). In reference to the older Christie canon, I always wanted to do Man Of Many Faces, and I still feel a lot of the others deserve an airing. In early rehearsals, in addition to Fools Gold, which we played intermittently, I remember doing Alabama.
    I always adored City Streets, the Carole King song. In Israel we performed a number of great tunes I wanted to keep in the set: Won't Back Down, City Streets, Jeopardy, Handle With Care, It Don't Come Easy, Christie really played them well. They seemed to fall by the wayside, but they were certainly my favourites. "

 
2000's playlist
Christie 2000sYellow River
San Bernadino
Iron Horse
Down The Mississippi Line
I Gotta Be Free
Inside Looking Out
Freewheeling Man
Let's Work Together (Wilbert Harrison)
I Hear You Knocking (Fats Domino)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
All Right Now (Free)
Proud Mary (CCR)

No Reply (Beatles)
Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
Feel A Whole Lot Better (Byrds)
Ain't That a Shame (Fats Domino)