(A)Live and Kicking / The Texas Tapes

Phydeaux is proud to be releasing a very intimate concert which Larry had performed several months after his first heart attack. Because he feared it might be the last concert he would ever give, he tried to make it a very special and personal performance. He talked about things he has never spoken of before in public.

He had been told by his doctor that it would probably be safe to attempt a concert, but Larry's caution and hesitation was somewhat substantiated when, two days after the concert, he collapsed on the sidewalk. He was taken to Parkland Memorial where he was hospatilized for almost two weeks. It was discovered that some of the medicine prescribed for him during the first hospitalization, like Prilosec, was actually weakening the beat of his heart. He had suffered heart failure. After it was felt that he had recovered sufficiently, he was released back into the care of a Los Angeles physician. He was advised to do no more concerts unless the change in medicines improved his ability to breathe and helped him regain the strength to walk without feeling faint.

When he returned to Los Angeles, the recordings of the Texas concert were listened to and considered for release. The digital tape recordings made of the concert were excellent in quality, and Larry's performance seemed emotionally inspired in its execution. The recordings included songs from his new album, Stranded in Babylon. It had not been officially released in America because his heart attack in February of 1992 had supplanted its scheduled release.

He sang newer songs like "Step Into The Madness", "Let The Rain Fall Down On Me", "All The Way Home", "I Will Survive", and "Baby's Got The Blues". As is Larry's tradition, the stage versions of the songs are sometimes very different from the album versions, with truncated arrangements, occasional lyric changes, and somewhat differing chord progressions. Under the selection titled "Texas And Me", Larry talked briefly about his childhood and then sang "White Trash Stomp", a song he had never performed in concert. This rarity aspect is also a sort of tradition. Certain songs like "Butterfly", and "A Keeper For My Heart" have been performed live, in their entirity, upon one occasion only - and have never been released. Conversely, "Baby's Got The Blues", and "I Will Survive", like "White Trash Stomp", are songs which Larry has recorded and released officially on disc, but elects not to sing in concert. So it seems rather a bonus that these three songs were performed by Larry at the time of this recording.

During this jubilant unplugged concert in Texas, Larry also led the audience in a playful sing-along version of "Woman of God" and performed a five minute, psychedelic - metal, albeit solo version of "Watch What You're Doing". Additionally, he included one song he has never recorded in the studio - "Weight Of The World". The song is about dysfunctional relationships and the pain which many people suffer because of emotional repression.

The editing of this CD was difficult because anyone who has ever been to a Larry Norman concert knows that he sometimes speaks and sings for three or four hours. Within the confines of a single CD it is not possible to capture the feeling of one of his concerts. It was decided that this first CD should contain mostly music. If we get enough response from you, regarding any interest you might have in Part Two, which contains a lot of music and comedy and several longer segements of Larry speaking, then we would release Part Two as an extension of the concert, for those who are interested, at a later date. Wow. The years are flying by. Phydeaux is fifteen years old. Street Level Records is seventeen years old. Solid Rock Records is twenty years old. One Way Records was started 25 years ago. Larry first signed with Capitol Records almost thirty years ago, at the beginning of 1966 - and Larry has been writing his songs and performing them for almost forty years.

Thank you, dear people, for all your letters saying how much Larry and his music have meant to you. These personal letters have been such an encouragement to Larry as he has struggled with his health this last year.

1994 was an especally hard year for him as he has tried to do a handful of concerts to try and raise money for his heart operation. These concerts were physically difficult for him to do. He had to fly in two or three days early, to rest - then do the concert, and stay an extra two or three days to rest. Even with rest, these trips were very hard on him but he felt he had no choice but to try and raise money for his operation. The beginning of the year started out with Larry going into the hospital, in February. When the Los Angeles Earthquake hit, nearby hospital facilities were damaged and overcrowded and Larry had to leave Los Angeles and move in with his parents so that they could help take care of him.

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At one time, Christian brothers and sisters were helping Larry by donating money to his heart fund. Then, a certain journalist speculated that Larry probably hadn't been in an airplane accident in 1978, and inferred that he also probably hadn't really suffered a serious heart attack. There was a lot of confusion. This started a series of rumors. Then the rumors began to snowball into different variations and people were confused about sending a donation for his heart operation. We don't blame people for being confused. It confused us, too, to hear such rumors - especially the many of us who knew him and watched the airplane accident affect his life and music, because of the brain damage. We felt even more helpless in 1992 when he had severe myrocardial infarction caused by a blood clot. Because if a careless misdiagnosis at the emergency room in Los Angeles, Larry lost over 40% of his heart muscle during those many hours he waited, unattended, in the hospital. Months later, when his heart failed him in Texas, and when he was later hospitalized with severe ventricular arrhytmia trauma, he developed a very dangerous and critical medical problem doctors call "sudden death syndrome".

His heart problems, and the risk to his life, are very real, not a matter of fiction. His family was with him, right from the beginning, at the intensive care unit - and we were all part of the prayer vigil at that time and during these many months following, as he has continued to be rehospitalized with severe complications. Larry fights on, as you would expect. He has been in the hospital more than a dozen times in the last three years. He has been told that he needs a defibrilator implant to start his heart, when it stops, or his is not expected to survive another major heart attack.

He desparately needs to raise the money for the operation. Thank you very much to any of you who sent him money for his heart. You will receive a letter later on this year thanking you properly, and it will include an update on his health situation because, by donating money for his operation, you have shown a personal interest in him, far beyond a simple interest in his music.

God bless you all in 1995. Follow Jesus closely that you be not ensnared by deception.

As you might have heard recently, Larry needs a heart operation but does not have the money to pay for the required procedure. Street Level is trying to help Larry raise money for his hospital bills. He needs a defibrillator implant, as soon as possible. Without this operation he is not expected to survive another heart attack. If you feel led to help Larry with his heart operation and hospital bills, please send a check made out to Larry Norman and mark it "donation for Larry". Thank you for any help that you feel that you can give him. Your donation can be sent to:

Phydeaux Records,
4398 Lucy Way,
CA 95073

God bless you.

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