AUTHOR: BOB JONES
PUBLISH DATE: 23 July 2006

'CHRIS FARLOWE & THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND, HUNTINGDON HALL, WORCESTER, 9th MAY 2006


Norman’s opener, ‘Option On You Baby’ helps you remember what Chris makes you forget : Norman is a good singer himself. And his band is very good, too. They are fortunate to have as frontman someone internationally celebrated ; but Chris is lucky, too.

He came out ready to rock, nodding delightedly at the new fans who recognized him from his superb showing here last December supporting
Van Morrison. “Nice to be back”, he beamed, before launching into a selection from their new cd ‘Hungry For The Blues’, and standards.

The new cd also contains some older stuff : ‘Handbags’, for instance, which Chris introduced by calling it ‘a really wonderful song’ and one I sing the veritable crap out of is what he didn’t go on to say, but that’s what he meant ; all good singers mean that when they praise a song.

From
Little Milton’s Ain’t No Big Deal’ ; Dobie Gray’sIn Your Loving Arms Again’, the song God gave Chris his vocal chords for ; to Chris’s own boogie ‘I Don’t Want To Sing The Blues No More’, via Lonnie Mack’sTough On Me, Tough On You’ (“I sing it better than him, but he’s a hell of a guitarist”), the band never faltered. Solos were generous and varied, from sax, piano, and guitar, so each song had every drop of juice squeezed from it.

Lovely : even the hammy ending to ‘
Stormy Monday’, which the crowd adored.

The band’s number one fan,
Pam (Henderson) hoped I’d give this a good review : this is the best a poor scribbler can do, Pam ; hope you like it.