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16 top quality live tracks from 1985!,
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This review is from: Bursting Over Bremen Live 1985 (Audio CD)
The M.i.G. (Made in Germany) label expand their Chris Farlowe catalogue further by issuing a superb 1985 concert recording on CD for the first time. "Bursting Over Bremen" captures Chris and a line-up of The Thunderbirds live in Schauburg, Bremen on October 7th 1985 (this was the first time that Chris had played in Germany with this group of musicians). The show was broadcast by Radio Bremen, and the recording quality is first class!
According to the sleeve notes, Chris himself doesn't recall the show but when he heard the recording he remarked "I didn't know how good we were!" The Thunderbirds line-up at the time consisted of Tim Hinkley (keyboards), Mo Witham (guitar), Tex Comer (bass), one-time Dr Feelgood drummer John `The Big Figure' Martin, and Martin Winning (saxophone). The band is in sparkling form throughout, with the set a diverse mixture of blues / R&B standards (but strangely no `Out of Time'!).
Four of the tracks had previously been recorded for Chris's 1985 album "Out Of The Blue", while `I've Been Born Again' would appear on the following year's "Born Again" (these albums have recently been issued as a twofer by M.i.G. - Out Of The Blue / Born Again ).
The show kicks off with Bob Dylan's `Watching The River Flow', followed by what Chris considers his favourite from this recording - Delbert McClinton's `Jealous Kind'. The band really hit their stride with a funky take on the Charlie Feathers number `Satisfy Susie', notable for some terrific sax from Martin Winning. There's a sizzling and lengthy bluesy workout of the classic `Stormy Monday Blues' and then a fiery version of Bobby Parker's `Watch Your Step' (which features some wonderful lead guitar work by Mo Witham).
Chris demonstrates why he's known as "The Voice" with a magnificent a cappella solo rendition of Randy Newman's `I Think It's Going To Rain Today', before he takes a well deserved break and leaves the band to showcase an instrumental classic - Booker T & The MG's `Time Is Tight'.
CD2 opens with the Ray Charles number `I Haven't Found Nothing Yet' and the band then demonstrate their funkiness again with `Shakey Ground' (co-written by Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel, and originally a hit for The Temptations). Next up is `I've Been Born Again', and then one of the great R&B / blues songs, `The Thrill is Gone' (written in 1951 by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell and recorded by, amongst others, BB King).
A classic double dose of rock'n'roll follows in the guise of Little Richard's `Lucille' and Chuck Berry's `Sweet Little Sixteen'. There's an atmospheric take on `Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City' (first recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland), before the set concludes with `I Believe In You' (no writer credit for this one) and a lively `Going Back To Louisiana' (another song made famous by Delbert McClinton).
The two CDs are housed in an attractive foldout digipak. There are a mixture of vintage and more contemporary photographs, and 4 pages of notes about Chris's career written by Uli Kniep. Overall, this is an excellent release - sound quality is superb, and Chris and the band are on top form!