Album review: RICK SPRINGFIELD – Stripped Down

Rick Springfield - Stripped Down

Loud and Proud Records/ear Music [Released 09.03.15] CD/DVD

Rick Springfield is amazingly 65 years old having started in the music business back in the late 1960′s. He certainly doesn’t look his age and when you watch the DVD the predominately female audience go ga-ga over him. Mind you he does act up to his audience and have some good natured banter with a few, often over toilet breaks and not being able to last a full ninety minute show without one.

This is a one man show, although he adds his ‘band in a box’, basically a band recording on his PC, to a few songs notably on the big hits like ‘Jessie’s Girl’ (which does start off in acoustic mode) and ‘Human Touch’.

It is an interesting show as he gives insight to the songs and his career where he played blues songs and covers. He does a sterling version of ‘Rollin’& Tumblin’ and the Fleetwood Mac classic ‘Oh Well’. There are poignant moments to as he recalls the day his father passed away on ‘April 24, 1981/My Father’s Chair’. His dad was a big cricket fan (Rick Springfield is Australian but had his big success on moving to the USA).

The DVD and CD have different order on the tracklist, not sure why although the DVD flows better and has the added bonus of a couple of between song interviews. An excellent CD/DVD package for his many fans. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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