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Live At Carnegie Hall
Live At Carnegie Hall
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare performance, well done by a rare talent, 25 April 2002
This review is from: Live At Carnegie Hall (Audio CD)
Switching labels in the mid-70s put paid to any opportunity for a definitive "Best of Dory" collection (and it's a shame that her excellent WEA "We're all Children of Coincidence..." album is not available on CD) but as a stop-gap this is a better introduction to her repertoire and personality than the "In search of mythical kings" compilation, if only for the on-stage patter and the energy that the live performance adds to many earlier songs such as 'Michael Michael' and 'Esther's First Communion'.
Dory's introductions add extra meaning to some songs. For example, the comment: "Two songs about my father - I guess that signifies a complex", raises a laugh from the audience but takes on a darker tone when one reads about her traumatic childhood. She also demonstrates the wonderful sense of comedy,, that was hinted at in early songs but really found its expression on the afore-mentioned 'Children of Coincidence' album in her introduction to "Left hand lost". After getting her audience giggling with embarassment at the litany of sexual and social sins attributed to us southpaws she pauses before announcing, "I was born left handed" and waits for the giggles to turn to hysterics.
The band is tight, for the most part Dory's vocals are strong and the recording quality is excellent for its time (1973).
Most live recordings are pretty awful. This is a rare exception and well worth a listen. Once you've heard it, write to WEA and ask them to get Children of Coincidence out on CD pronto.


Year of the Cat
Year of the Cat

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A class act from the days when lyrics were worth reading, 6 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Year of the Cat (Audio CD)
Best opening line in a pop song? The first couplet of Year of The Cat - "On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turn back time" has to be up there alongside "Pretty woman out walking with gorillas down my street". And as the rest of the song - what a superb paean to a fragile, passionate love affair that both parties know to be doomed from the outset, but which is carried on for the pleasure of the moment, despite the inevitability of its end. Neat sax solo too. As for the rest of the album, you'll find a consistently high standard of lyrical and musical virtuosity. True, Stewart's voice can be wearing at times, but that's a minor quibble about one of my favourite albums (and a great in-car CD).


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