Rock vocalist extraordinaire Paul Rodgers is captured live on film, during this sprightly and somewhat rousing performance at a Glasgow concert hall. The founder of Free (1968-1973), Bad Company (1974-1982) and The Firm (1984-1986), Rodgers possesses an indubitably distinctive voice, sparked by a resounding soul-blues edge. Moreover, the vocalist's penchant for fusing melodic phrasings with hard-rock underpinnings looms as a paradigm that wondrously contrasts the weighty thunder of rock with a sense of endearment. During these performances supported by a dual- guitar manned quintet the artist offers a refresh via a nicely balanced set consisting of his mega-hits and new material.
Sporting a Fu Manchu and cutoff tee and in true rock star fashion he twirls the mic stand around while intermittently beckoning the audience's participation on "All Right Now, and other blasts from the past. Rodgers morphs into blues-rock mode on "Louisiana Blues, then consummates the performance with a solo, acoustic guitar-based piece titled "Seagull. Some familiar sounds and territory, but nonetheless the vocalist and his hard-driving band transcend a retro vibe during this uplifting concert footage. In effect, this flick raises consciousness, and perhaps reminds many of us elder rock advocates, of Rodgers' near- legendary stature within the genre itself. His spirited outlook amid his rhythm section's rock-solid backbeats and the guitarists' ringing lead lines generates hordes of honest-to-goodness excitement, while the camera crew's divergent angles and instillation of movement prudently assist with bringing the live element into the listener's personal music space.
Tracklisting: 1. I'll Be Creepin' 2. The Stealer 3. Ride On A Pony 4. Radioactive 5. Be My Friend 6. Warboys 7. Feel Like Makin' Love 8. Bad Company 9. (I Just Wanna) See You Smile 10. Louisiana Blues 11. Fire And Water 12. Wishing Well 13. All Right Now 14. I'm A Mover 15. The Hunter 16. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love 17. Seagull Bonus Features: 1. Interviews with Paul Rodgers, the band and the fans 2. Performance of "Sunshine" by Paul's son Steven Rodgers who was the support act on the tour.
Personnel: Paul Rodgers: vocals; Howard Leese: guitar; Kurtis Dengler: guitar; Lynn Sorensen: bass; Ryan Hoyle: drums.
Production Notes: 127 minutes. Recorded October 13, 2002 at Glasgow Civic Auditorium.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.