Although it's possible to see lots of clips of concerts on youtube I think this is a brilliant purchase, giving you a Communards concert recorded in 1986 in Hannover. The music is taken from their first album: Sentimental Journey, Johnny Verso, Never No More, Forbidden Fruit, Disenchanted, When The Walls Come Tumbling Down, Lover Man, Heavens Above, La Dolorosa, So Cold The Night, You Are My World, Don't Slip Away, Reprise, and Don't Leave Me This Way. Plus a short interview with Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles. The event is in quite a small venue and has a real edge of excitement, and the songs still sound as good as ever. What strikes me is how each member of the band is totally individual, yet they work together brilliantly; of course Jimmy's vocals are centre-stage, but Sarah Jane Morris provides great support and pads around the stage beating two sticks, while singing in what sounds like a fruity baritone. Their rapport is palpable and gives an amusing feel to songs like Lover Man, as does the equally wondrous percussionist and vocalist June Miles-Kingston. There's also a very stylish string quartet, with a blond violinist with a most radiant expression at one point (I think it's Anne Stephenson), while Jo Pretzel does some brilliant sax solos and is a great asset, with a very 80s patterned top. It reminds you how you used to see those kind of jazzy shirts in The Face or Record Mirror all the time, and then suddenly they were gone ... There are some funky bass lines from sexy Dave Renwick, who gives a thwack to, say, So Cold The Night that it doesn't quite have on the album ... and Don't Leave Me This Way is superb, better than the album version ...Read more ›
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