GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS – Live at Montreux 2013
Eagle Vision [Release date 18.11.13]
Having released some 16 studio albums since the late ‘70’s, George Thorogood & The Destroyers (or to give them their proper title, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers)deliver a live set where you know exactly what you are going to get- songs about having a good time- and new DVD “Live at Montreux 2013” does exactly that.
The band is still sounding good five decades in, even if they do look every inch of their age. Recorded at the 2013 Montreux Festival Thorogood produces the best piece of in between song banter ever with “Look people, I know I’m full of shit but I’m having a good time”- priceless. As you would expect, aside from “Get a Haircut” and the countrified “Cocaine Blues” , the highlights here are predictable- “I Drink Alone”, “Madison Blues”, Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”, “Bad To The Bone” and, of course, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”.
This is a great live show for fans of the band and what did surprise me watching “Live at Montreux 2013” is exactly how many George Thorogood& The Destroyers I knew.
Review by Nikk Gunns
HUGH LAURIE – Live On The Queen Mary
Eagle Vision [Out now]
Best known in the UK primarily for his parts in Blackadder or Jeeves and Wooster, and for his comedy partnership with Stephen Fry and in the US for his lead role in House, Hugh Laurie is also an accomplished blues musician with two hugely successful albums (2011’s “Let Them Talk” and last year’s “Didn’t It Rain”) under his belt.
DVD “Live on The Queen Mary” filmed, obviously, on board the Los Angeles moored Queen Mary showcases his talent for not only singing but also on the piano and guitar. Laurie’s backing band is the highly talented Copper Bottom Blues Band and together they work their way through the 18 tracks on offer with ease.
The highlights are many and include “Evenin’”. “Day and Night”, “Didn’t It Rain”, “Louisiana Blues”, “Wild Honey” and “Changes”. The only minor downside to the set is the lengthy pre-song chat from Laurie at the beginning but, to be fair, this was a one off.
The bonus material is amongst some of the best I have seen recently with a 50 minute documentary entitled “Copper Bottom Blues” and a 20 minute interview.
Review by Nikk Gunns
Eagle Vision [Release date 27.09.13]
When it comes to legends you don’t get much better than Bryan Ferry. The man has grinded his way through five decades of hits and is still churning them out. On tour in support of 2011’s “Olympia” album, we find Ferry at France’s Nuits de Fourviere festival and the smooth old bastard does not put a foot wrong over 22 tracks here and, backed by a relatively young backing band, covers over 40 years of classics.
The set starts well with a great version of Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You”, “Slave To Love” and “You Can Dance”, there is also an outstanding working of Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane”.
Then we get to “My Only Love” and from there on out it is a virtual master class in how to do it- with “What Goes On”, “Love Is The Drug”, “All Along The Watchtower”, “Let’s Stick Together” and “Hold On I’m Coming” you get the sense that this really is as good as it gets.
Wrong – when Ferry finishes with John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”, as he has done previously on numerous occasions, you can almost sense the mass snap of knicker elastic around the arena-hell, I nearly threw my pants at the TV!!
The DVD contains 3 tracks that are not available on the live CD of the same name- “Tara”, “Avalon” and “My Only Love”. You also get the bonus documentary “The Making of Olympia” which includes interviews with the likes of Nile Rogers, Flea, Dave Stewart and, of course, Ferry himself.
Some of the above may be tongue in cheek but this does not detract from the fact that Ferry is still on the top of his game and looks like he will be for years to come.
Review by Nikk Gunns
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