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Hungary for the Blues CD

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  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SPV Blue
  • ASIN: B000F0V018
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Chris Farlowe always seemed destined for great things as a singer -- and based on the company he kept on-stage and the people he worked with in the mid-'60s, he did succeed, at least on that level. His first band was his own John Henry Skiffle Group, where he played guitar as well as sang, but he gave up playing to concentrate on his voice, as he made the switch to rock & roll. Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds built their reputation as a live act in England and Germany, and slowly switched from rock & roll to R&B during the early years of the '60s. In 1966, with his EMI contract up, Farlowe was snatched up by Andrew Oldham, who knew a thing or two about white Britons who could sing R&B, having signed the Rolling Stones three years earlier, and put him under contract to his new Immediate Records label. Immediate's history with unestablished artists is mostly a story of talent cultivated for future success, but with Farlowe it was different -- he actually became a star on the label, through the label. His luck began to change early on, as he saw a Top 20 chart placement with his cover of the Jagger/Richards song "Think". That summer, he had the biggest hit of his career with his rendition of the Stones' "Out of Time," in a moody and dramatic version orchestrated by Arthur Greenslade, which reached number one on the British charts. Farlowe had enough credibility as a soul singer by then to be asked to appear on the Ready, Steady, Go broadcast of September 16, 1966, a special program featuring visiting American soul legend Otis Redding -- he'd covered Redding's "Mr. Pitiful" on an Immediate EP, and now Farlowe was on stage with Otis (and Eric Burdon), and got featured in two numbers. During the 70's he played in original Colosseum on three albums, and Atomic Rooster (post-Carl Palmer). Farlowe was rescued from oblivion by his better-known contemporary (and fellow Immediate Records alumnus) Jimmy Page, appearing on the latter's Outrider album. Farlowe followed this up with new albums and touring and although he never saw another hit single, his reputation as a live performer was enough to sustain a career. His recent albums, including The Voice, have gotten respectable reviews, and his Immediate Records legacy was finally getting treated properly in the 21st century, as well. Along with Manfred Mann's Mike d'Abo and Paul Jones, Farlowe remains one of those voices from 1960s England that -- with good reason -- hasn't faded and simply won't disappear.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich Twelker on 23 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Chris Farlowe & The Norman Beaker Band live - those who bought LONESOME ROAD, the concert album by the same combination, might be forgiven if they think they can give this new road document a miss.
Do yourself a favour and invest: Chris is in exceptionally fine voice, the band and the old r&b master have a much better rapport here, singing and playing their collective backsides off, and the set list is immaculate. Of course, Farlowe could never leave the stage without "Stormy Monday" and "Out Of Time", and the versions here are not just a case of going through the motions, they're heartfelt.
But there's more: Marriott-Lane's "All Or Nothing" is still a perfect vehicle for the Islington Bobby Bland version, Tony Joe White's "The Guitar Don't Lie" shows off Chris's vocal brilliance as well as Beaker's immense axe skills. Lenni on saxophone and Paul Burgess (ex 10CC) on drums also add to the overall excitement, ably complemented by John Price (b) and Dave Baldwin (keys)- whether they groove in ballad style during "Miss You Fever" or boogie like mad in "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed".
Recorded 2000 in Hungary and 2004 in Oldenburg/Germany, this is ample proof that decades after what's considered his "prime" in the history books, Farlowe can deliver like a seasoned youngster!
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By Douglas Lyon on 11 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a long term Colosseum fan, I love anything with Chris Farlowe belting out the blues - and this has it in spades. Sheer magic, and I wish I'd been there!
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By ochs hans-peter on 21 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
just as i expected good job
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. McInnes on 24 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is ok but is NOT a SACD. I have had 3 different copies and all are plain vanilla CD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardas Matijosaitis on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
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