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Rachelle Ferrell: Live In Montreux 91-97

Sweet as the prospect of a live Rachelle Ferrell compilation is, the album’s title is a bit misleading. Fans expecting selections from seven years’ worth of Montreux performances will be disappointed to discover that this is, in fact, a collection of nine tracks recorded in 1991 with a trio of “bonus” selections from the 1997 festival. Long-time Ferrell followers will recognize that much of the ’91 material is replicated on her inaugural studio album, First Instrument, which was released in the U.S. in 1995.

Truth is, though, that First Instrument was recorded in 1989 and released in Japan that same year. In other words, the “live” tracks are a sequel, not a prequel, to her studio debut. Confused yet? No need. All that really matters is that Live in Montreux is a fascinating counterpoint to First Instrument that showcases the dynamic, young Ferrell at her budding best.

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