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Fantastic compilation and essential listening,
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This review is from: The Old Grey Whistle Test Live (Audio CD)
I'm just listening to this now and what a superb package it is. Even the old stuff sounds refreshed and renewed and the third CD of 2011 sessions is fantastic. Judie Tzuke even improves on her impeccable original song, and Kiki Dee does a John Martyn acoustic reading of Running Up That Hill that even beats Kate's version. Don't believe me ? Then check it out for yourself. There are so many instances of artists improving on the originals, whether they be their own songs or not, from Nils Lofgren doing Long May You Run, to Steve Harley on a lovely version of his A Friend For Life, or Ralph McTell revisiting his Zimmerman Blues. Loudon Wainwright finds new shades of meaning in Swimming Song, Ian Anderson revisits his lovely Mother Goose, Southern Rock legend Greg Allman really carries off I Can't Be Satisfied, Billy Bragg goes down the A13 one more time like Lonnie Donegan never died, Otway does the best version of Really Free that I've heard in ages, and Chuck Prophet's Summertime Thing is sung beautifully. Every track on the first two discs feels like it belongs there, even though there's such a breadth and variety of material and there's not one inclusion that I'd change. Everyone will have their highlights but for me it's Tom Petty kicking the whole thing off with the wonderful American Girl, Elton's totally honest and faithful performance of Tiny Dancer, Graham Nash on the lovely Sleep Song, Poco, Stevie Marriot and Humble Pie, Brinsley Schwarz, George Benson, Bill Withers, Aztec Camera, the much missed Alex Harvey, and the Captain once more Upon The My-O-My in what was one of the best ever OGWT appearances. That brief list even misses out some of my favourite artists who are all on here with wonderful recordings. I think I'll be playing this a lot !