Friday, June 16, 2017

#SAB 089-090 The Christ

Christ, The

2 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 089-090
Disc Length : 74:02 / 74:04
Source : Audience Recording
Sound Quality : EX
Year Of Release : 1999


Newpower Soul Music Festival Tour
Festhalle, Frankfurt
22nd December 1998

Disc 1

1. Push It Up   2. Jam Of The Year   3. Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing   4. Let's Work   5. Delirious   6. Rock N' Roll Is Alive (outro)   7. Purple Rain   8. Little Red Corvette   9. I Would Die 4 U   10. Get Yo Groove On   11. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man   12. Candy Dulfer Instrumental   13. Speech   14. The Christ   15. One Of Us   16. The One   17. The Go Go's - 2001:Also Sprach Zarathustra   18. (Let me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Dance Contest   19. Courtin' Time

Disc 2

1. Come On   2. If I Was Your Girlfriend   3. Diamonds And Pearls   4. The Beautiful Ones   5. Kamasutra   6. Darling Nikki   7. Nothing Compares 2 U   8. Take Me With U   9. Raspberry Beret   10. Mr. Happy (outro)   11. Release Yourself   12. Baby I'm A Star   13. 1999   [GCS Opening Act] 14. Thank You (Falettineme Be Mice Elf Agin)   15. You Can Sing It If You Try   16. Free   17. Everyday People   18. I Want To Take You Higher


Certainly not the best show from the short NewPower Soul Festival tour of Europe in December 1998, but a mighty impressive recording indeed. This is most definitely a case of the quality being superior to the content, and whilst the show is enjoyable it is pretty basic and (on the whole) an unadventurous run-through. The recording is of excellent quality with bare minimum of crowd noise throughout. The recording is slightly thinner than a number of other Sabotage releases from the tour, but is above criticism from me. The show is rather straightforward and certainly free of anything unique which makes various other shows from the tour so enjoyable. P recites the opening verse from '4 The Tears In Your Eyes' during the intro speech of 'The Christ', and the very brief inclusion of 'Kamasutra' to the piano segment are the only real noteworthy incidents throughout the show. My personal highlight comes in the form of a bizarre techno intro to 'Baby I'm A Star' which is very short but extremely funky. The inclusion of Larry Graham's opening act is a rather pointless addition and while P is present during a number of the songs, the man wailing on the mic cancels out anything P could have added to the set. The accompanying packaging is rather basic and suits the show's content perfectly as it is unsurprising and lifeless. A small review has been included, but it is hardly a critical masterpiece. Overall this is a rather dull release of a rather average show. The quality of the recording is superb, and the pity is that the show itself doesn't match the recording's high standard.


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