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Album reviews Album reviews: Cape Jazz, Martin Barre, George Thorogood

The Rough Guide To Cape Jazz
World Music Network
4 stars

A VINYL set of Cape Town artists who provided the soundtrack of resistance to apartheid.

Featured are jazz/rockers Pacific Express and two of South Africa’s jazz icons sax players Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee and Robbie Jansen, who are represented here on the aptly named Liberation and Cape Joy.
Coetzee got his nickname “Manenberg” from the Abdullah Ibrahim composition named after the district for those forcibly removed from a white residential area during the apartheid regime.

Tony Schilder’s trio perform For Boykie, complete with sampled human voices effects; Jonathan Butler was the first black artist to be played by white radio stations; the Cape Jazz Band feature on the classic The Dance Of Our Fathers and there is a great piano solo rendition of Crossroads Crossroads by Mike Perry.

Wonderful album featuring jazz musicians steeped in the anti-apartheid struggle.

Martin Barre
50 Years Of Jethro Tull
Store For Music
4 Stars

Lead guitarist Martin Barre joined Jethro Tull in 1968 and played on all the classic Tull albums — starting with 1969s Stand Up, 1970s Benefit and is credited with playing one of the greatest ever rock guitar solo’s on Aqualung.

Ian Anderson disbanded Tull in 2011 and Barre hit the road playing the Tull songbook.

This double set features rerecordings of a cross-section of Tull’s material from early tracks like My Sunday Feeling, Nothing Is Easy, Song For Jeffrey, and hits like Teacher on the first disc and Locomotive Breath, Someday The Sun Won’t Shine and One White Duck on the more acoustic disc two.

Bungle In The Jungle, Heavy Horses, Warchild and Songs From The Wood come from a DVD of a May 2019 show in Illinois — and Barre plays the flute too.


George Thorogood And The Destroyers
Live In Boston 1982 — The Complete Concert
Craft Recordings
5 stars
Thorogood’s band made their triumphant return to Boston’s Bradford Ballroom on November 23 1982, with this 27 song blistering set — captured by Guy Charbonneau, in his Le Mobile remote recording truck.

Originally released on a 13-track vinyl album in 2010 this new double CD set features original material including Kids From Philly, Bad To The Bone and Miss Luann; covers of R&B sides including Amos Milburn’s One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer; Elmore James The Sky Is Crying, Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go, Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love? plus country boogie covers including Merrill E Moore’s House Of Blue Lights, Hank Williams’s Move It On Over and Red Arnall’s Cocaine Blues.

Raucous live music as its very best. Crank it up loud and get down front.


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