Friday, 20 July 2012

CHRIS THOMPSON: Dutch review

Chris Thompson - Berlin Live
Gonzo Multimedia

file under hardrock / aor

Winston: When we can feature bands like Toto, Uriah Heep and other lighter rock bands in this theatre we too can report about a band like Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Indeed not that obvious but still...why not? Chris Thompson is the most known singer from the band and off his hand arrives a double live album + DVD at our headquarters. The CD recordings are recorded in January 2011 for Radio Berlin (hence the title) and the DVD was filmed in the room of Aschaffenburg Colos. Something went wrong with filming, hence the subtitle 'The Remains Aschaffenburg’. Only seven numbers were good enough for use, due to technical breakdowns. Thompson, now in his sixties, needs a little a warm up but once strengthened up he does some fine singing on both his new solo material and classic MME tracks. And you have to confess, when you hear on the radio the famous songs' Mighty Quinn', 'Blinded By The Light' and 'Davy's On The Road Again’ singing along is almost programmed. You can hear how the audience is carried along by the charming Thompson and the interaction between band and audience is clear. Thompson mentions in the credits that he hopes for a new opportunity to film his band properly for a DVD and I hope he will.

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