Another chapter of Marriott saga, no less glorious than his stints with SMALL FACES and HUMBLE PIE, though less known due to the album attempted but not made. Steve embarked on sessions with a new band, THE OFFICIAL RECEIVERS, and Disc 1 presents a collection of songs committed to tape in 1987-1988. These tracks see Marriott trying to find his way through several classics, "Oh Well" being the most outstanding: while other versions dealt with instrumental side of Green's tune, great guitarist and singer in equal measures, Steve turned the song into heavy blues with gospel chorus, much more surprising than a go at soaring "Stay With Me Baby".
As of album, there are charged R&B numbers written especially for it with bassist Jim Leverton, "I Need A Love" and "Ain't You Glad", that followed to the bin in the wake of 1981's "Majik Mijits" recordings. Steve wasn't to see it out, yet still wanted some material to see the light of day and decided to re-record a couple of songs, "Lonely No More" and "Toe Rag", close to original takes but with less of a delicacy he felt in Ronnie Lane's company. MIJITS weren't about raunchy "Shakin' All Over", reeking of "Come Together", "Law Of The Jungle", recorded for Puma commercial, or live "I Just Want To Make Love To You", which leads to Disc 2 containing the RECEIVERS Hammersmith Odeon's show of 1987.
If there was a thing Marriott missed after leaving the Mod camp it was organ, RECEIVERS had it, and on that date Steve revisited his back pages, from early influences, like Sonny Boy's "Five Long Years" and Larry Wiliiams' "Slow Down", through "Watcha Gonna Do About It", "Tin Soldier" and "All Or Nothing", now more rocking than when he was a Face ("Fool For A Pretty Face", one more glance over the shoulder), to PIE's smash "I Don't Need No Doctor". Beside these, lion's share of the concert is obscure Sixties treasures the band brilliantly revive. Still, closing part of the saga they weren't, but THE DT's were, and a bit of their performance proves that Steve remained on top to the very last day of his life. A pricelss package.