Released by Gonzo (HST098CD)
This live 2CD and bonus DVD package is a mixture of a live radio concert and a previous rehearsal and concert that took place ion Aschaffenburg. The Aschaffenburg material was salvaged from a full concert film and recording and is included as a bonus as it was felt that the material contained in the salvaged footage conveyed the excitement of the concert. The Berlin concert is just as it came from the radio transmission and as such is the complete concert as fans heard it at the concert and also on the radio.
Live At The Colos-Saal / The Aschaffenburg Remains
CD 1: Live At Radio Berlin 88.8
drums for the Berlin concert
drums on the Aschaffenburg material.
Like many of you (I can guess), I know Chris Thompson as THE VOICE of Manfred Man's Earth Band, singing on about all their hits (Blinded by the Lights...), so I was quite happy when I received in the mail this 2CD 1DVD set to review.
Live in Berlin is a recent concert given by Chris Thompson and his band. The CDs offer a good mixture of the MMEB hits with lesser known tracks and a couple of songs from an upcoming album. The sound of the recording is pretty much what the people got to hear on that night (this is not a Peter Gabriel rerecorded remastered kind of live album). The performance is very good, in a Blues Rock (think of 70's Deep Purple) kinda of a way and the audience seems to be having a very good time. The DVD covers about half the tracks on the CDs, leaving out the MMEB hits. It's a no frills production, but well filmed and recorded.
All in all this is a nice product to get, but mostly for MMEB or Chris Thompson die hard fans.