Dave Edmunds


Repertoire REPUK 1224


Concert recording with a rough-edged appeal

Lively 17-track set from the German TV show’s annual rock festival. Edmunds’ band Rockpile, with Nick Lowe, had gone by this point but there’sa powerful roots-rocking band pumping out the guitarist’s retro rockabilly-tinged hits and more. The set kicks off with From Small Things Big Things Come and rattles along in a frenzy until we reach Let’s Talk About Us, taking mJuJuMan, Queen Of Hearts, I Knew The Bride, Trouble Boys and, ooh, loads more that you’d shout for if you saw him on stage.

Edmunds killer guitar is backed up Rockpile’s Billy Bremner, who gets to play his wonderful Loud Music In Cars. On piano is the delightful Geraint Watkins who gets to perform two, I Don’t Want To Be In Love and, armed with accordion. You Ain’t Nothing But Fine, which, I believe, even then he was thrashing out in South-West London pubs in his unforgettable Cajun rock ‘n’ roll band the Balham Alligators.

With pub rock greats Dave Charles and John David on drums and bass the sound is driving; only on a couple of tracks does Edmunds sound uncomfortable, notably Jeff Lynne’s Slipping Away, but that’s more than made up for by a chugging I Hear You Knocking.

This isn’t the greatest of recordings -very much a straight from the sound desk feel, verging on bootleg, butithasa crashing, energetic charm. And this is an attractive package – the CD is accompanied by a DVD ofthe entire set and there’s 20-page booklet full of photos and sleeve notes by Will Birch. Nick Dalton


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