The Rhythm Kings in concert at Dorking Halls, England in 2008 in front of a very well-behaved crowd. If it wasn't for the few seconds of polite applause in between tracks you'd never know they are there... and that can't be a bad thing because my days of whoops & hollers are definitely over. I came for the music.
All the usual suspects from the core group are here. Georgie Fame and Gary Brooker are absent friends this time around but Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere is along for the ride and he does a great version of "Unchain My Heart".
There are a lot of excellent tracks here but, being a grumpy old curmudgeon, I have to voice two very minor complaints which would take this cd down half a star. Clifton Chenier's "All Night Long" is, to my ears, just a little too slick when compared to the original which sounds like it slithered out of a backwoods barrelhouse. The RKs, seasoned musicians that they are, could probably play this stuff in their sleep and for some reason this particular track is just too smooth around the edges for my liking. Also, I expected "Crying In The Rain" to be a grandiose finale. It was merely excellent. I had hoped that, after her brilliant turn in "Love Letters", Beverley Skeete would take the lead vocal but Albert Lee did the honors. Don't get me wrong... I love Albert's work, but Beverley takes me to church..!!
Lots of great stuff here. The 7-minute workout on Johnny B. Goode was totally unexpected. It sounds like Jerry Lee Lewis meets Cab Calloway (I was honestly expecting them to break into a hyped-up "Minnie The Moocher" at any second) and I can just see Bill's wry smile when they were doing "The Harlem Shuffle", a song Bill's former band did on their "Dirty Work" album. Mick is a good performer but he hasn't got Beverley Skeete's vocal chops.
All-in-all... highly recommended, as are all Rhythm Kings cds.