Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dave Edmunds All Star Rock ’N’ Roll Revue

What can you say about this awesome show!

Dave Charles - drums
Phil Chen - bass
Steve Cropper - guitar, vocals
Dave Edmunds - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Cecilia Gardtman - vocals
Terry Williams - drums
Gavin Polby - keyboards
Horn Section: Miami Horns
Guest: Graham Parker - vocals
Guest: Kim Wilson - vocals
Guest: Dion - vocals

Dave Edmunds had seen the hoopla surrounding Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band tour in 1989, when the former Beatle gathered a group of celebrity musician friends to form a touring band playing songs from the Fab Four, his solo hits, and all the best loved hits of the individual group members. The Starr tour had such a positive response that Edmunds decided he would try something similar.

Dave Edmunds All Star Rock ’N’ Roll Revue gathered a quirky but powerful bunch of musical allies, many of whom had worked with Edmunds in the studio or in collaboration. Graham Parker (who had worked often with Edmunds and his cohort Nick Lowe), Fabulous Thunderbird lead vocalist Kim Wilson (who had collaborated with him), and ‘50s/’60s pop icon Dion were all part of the caravan of rock innovators that hit the road in the spring of 1990.

Although it was never released stateside, this show did eventually make it to record as a double disc in Japan only. In America, the show was broadcast in an abbreviated version on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, but this is the entire set and what a show it is. Opening with “Last Night,” a song originally recorded in 1961 by the Mar-Keys (the original Stax label studio session band that included Steve Cropper on guitar), it begins and ends with a sampling of Dave Edmunds’ best work, including “I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock and Roll,” “I Hear You Knockin'“(his 1971 solo hit), “Ju-Ju Man,” “Crawling From The Wreckage,” and “Small Things Mama,” which had been written expressly for Edmunds by his friend Bruce Springsteen.

The rest of the performance is a variety show that never stops delivering. The Edmunds band was truly an all-star outing, with guitarist Steve Cropper (Booker T & The MGs, Blues Brothers), Terry Williams (ex-Rockpile), Phil Chen (ex-Rod Stewart), the Memphis Horns, and others. Some of the material was catered to the band members’ involvement (such as “Dock Of The Bay,” which Cropper had written with Otis Redding).

The special guests, however, contribute the bulk of the big hits. Wilson reprises his cover of Sam & Dave’s “Wrap It Up” (which the Thunderbirds also had a radio hit with). He also sings their biggest hit, “Tuff Enuff.” Dion, whose career began on the doo-wop street corners of the Bronx, NY in the 1950s with the Belmonts, delivers hits that spanned a dozen years, and included “Ruby Baby,” “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” and the poignant “Abraham, Martin & John,” which he released weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King.

The most memorable of all the performances, hands down, goes to Graham Parker, the gritty British pub-rock icon. From the slow drive of “Local Girls,” to post-punk pop of “Slash & Burn,” to the pure urgency of “Soul Time” and “Heat Treatment,” Parker turns in a performance as strong as the early live shows he recorded with his old band, the Rumour.

The entire cast winds down the performance with a rollicking re-make of the Little Richard classic, “You Keep A Knockin'.” To hear such a classic song performed by this great ensemble of musicians, singers, and performers, is exhilarating, to say the least.

1. Introduction 0:30
2. Last Night 2:26
3. Fallin' Through A Hole 3:03
4. Feels So Right 3:39
5. Closer To The Flame 3:59
6. Don't Talk To Me 3:10
7. I Knew The Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll 3:51
8. Wrap It Up 3:28
9. It Comes To Me Naturally 3:46
10. Wasted Tears 5:03
11. I Believe I'm In Love With You 4:14
12. There Is Something On Your Mind 5:06
13. Tuff Enuff 4:46
14. Nervous Fella 11:52
15. Get Started, Start A Fire 5:05
16. Under The Mask Of Happiness 3:58
17. Local Girls 3:47
18. My Girl 3:15
19. Slash & Burn 4:04
20. Lady Doctor 3:44
21. My Love's Strong 4:43
22. Soultime 6:43
23. Heat Treatment 4:08
24. King Of New York Streets 6:11
25. And The Night Stood Still 4:54
26. Ruby Baby 4:43
27. Runaround Sue 4:56
28. The Wanderer 3:48
29. Abraham, Martin & John 4:57
30. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) 3:57
31. I Hear You Knockin' 3:26
32. Ju-Ju Man 3:25
33. King Of Love 5:40
34. Crawling From The Wreckage 5:04
35. Paralyzed 5:30
36. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay 4:26
37. I'm Ready 3:34
38. You Keep A Knockin' 6:37

108MB, WMA VBR, 170 minutes



Conspiracy Theologian said...

Amazing! Thanks for sharing this one.

Camarillo Brillo said...

you're welcome

Anonymous said...

Still disappointed Dave Edmunds canceled at the U of MD so many years ago...All he could say at a signing weeks later was: "Sorry about that, mate.''

Camarillo Brillo said...

I had tickets for that show at Richie Coleseum...still dissapointed...

Anonymous said...

Thanks ! Lovely music to discover as if we were going back 50 years in time !


Camarillo Brillo said...

Thanks Derek

Camarillo Brillo said...

Norm, try another download. Sometimes Rapidshare corrupts a file or something else happens. Haven't heard any other complaints and my copy was fine...

Anonymous said...

thank you good one

RonMac said...

What a find!!
Thanks for sharing.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Glad you found it Ron...crank it up!

zappahead said...

Ahhh...this is a fantastic concert...thank you for sharing this as its not everyday you find such fantastic sounds....and a fantastic boot....cheers.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Thanks zappahead!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say keep up the fantastic work. All your hours of bringing us music is appreciated.

I grew up in the D.C. area and listened to WHFS despite it being on the very edge of my reception area. I'd gladly suffer the static to hear all the great musical discoveries. I'll check out some of those many tapes.

Those tapes take me back, too. Heh. Boxes and boxes of those exact same tapes...

Camarillo Brillo said...

I appreciate the feedback!
Get this 'HFS tapes while you still can...never know how long they will be available..

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