Wednesday, June 1, 2016
MARTIN TURNER: New Live Dates" 2CD
Label: Cherry Red Records 2016
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
This is the repackaged and reissued edition of 'New Live Dates', previously available as Vol.1 and Vol.2 this 2CD set combines both volumes and restores original concert running order. Recorded in 2005 and 2006 at various venues and the studio concert, the sound quality and production is good, but you get the whole she-bang including fade-out in between tracks, since it's recorded at different stages. I'd personally prefer if they could simply just continue to add audio noises from the audience throughout instead of fade to black, ehh... silence. The absolutely best thing about this 2CD live release? Merely three out of twenty four tracks are also included on the "Life Begins" release. Thus, you'd end up with the ultimate live by Martin Turner (ex. Wishbone Ash) on the two. After a slighly hurried and good version of "Doctor", it was time to slow things down a bit with one of the least interesting numbers in my humble opinion, the tiresome blues of "Blind Eye". As usual in a live setting the crowd seem to prefer the older numbers? However, the likes of "Walking the Reeperbahn", "Persephone", etc. are just as intriguing if not better. Martin Turner was a founding original member of Wishbone Ash and lead vocalist, bassist and key creative force on iconic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage, There's The Rub and New England.