Live at Knebworth

Live at Knebworth


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Beginning in 1976 a British organization called Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy -- a charity that aids mentally and physically challenged children in the U.K. -- presented what it called its annual Silver Clef Award to an artist the organization decided somehow served the British music industry. When Nordoff-Robbins decided to put together a fundraiser in 1990, it called upon the winners of that award and presented several of them in concert at Knebworth. This two-disc set compiles performances from that concert, and as is often the case with all-star events, the quality of music varies wildly from inspired to forgettable. Oddly, the show is opened by Tears for Fears, the only act on the bill not to have won the award. Nonetheless, their ever-catchy "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" sets a spirited tone, which is then carried on by 1981 winners Status Quo, whose ageless boogying engages the audience despite its inherent plodding thump. Cliff Richard & the Shadows serve as a reminder that British rock prior to the Beatles was fun if far from original, but the first sparks come at the end of Robert Plant's set, when Jimmy Page joins the singer for a crunching take on the Zeppelin semi-obscurity "Wearing and Tearing." The bulk of Genesis' segment is given over to a drawn-out "Turn It on Again Medley" that incorporates brief snippets of oldies ranging from the Who's "Pinball Wizard" to the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." (A side note to the record label: the song credited as Darby Slick's "Somebody to Love," a huge hit for Jefferson Airplane, is in reality Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," written by Burke, Bert Berns, and Jerry Wexler. Might want to adjust those royalty payments.) Disc two is where all the heavy-hitters reside. Phil Collins leaves his Genesis mates behind to reprise his execrable solo hit "Sussudio," before relinquishing the stage to Eric Clapton, who resorts to the crowd-pleasing "Sunshine of Your Love," which unsurprisingly doesn't hold a candle here to the Cream original. Dire Straits' "I Think I Love You Too Much" proves that Mark Knopfler remains one of rock's most underrated guitarists, Elton John offers two sides of his persona with "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" and "Saturday Night's All Right (For Fighting)," and, finally, the show closes down with Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd. Macca probably could have chosen a more popular song from his catalog than the disco-era "Coming Up" and the overplayed "Hey Jude," but he's Paul McCartney, so he basically gets away with anything he chooses to do, and of course he does it superbly. And if the audience minded the absence of Roger Waters when Pink Floyd wrapped it all up with "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell," they certainly didn't voice any disapproval. A document of an event more than a set that will be listened to again and again, Live at Knebworth (also available on DVD) is worth the price if only because its proceeds continue to benefit Nordoff-Robbins, as well as the equally worth Brit School of Performing Arts.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2010
Label: Eagle Records
UPC: 0826992017327
catalogNumber: 20173
Rank: 46564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Davis   Keyboards
Oleta Adams   Piano,Vocals
Phil Collins   Drums,Vocals
Elton John   Piano,Vocals
Paul McCartney   Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Page   Guitar
Robert Plant   Vocals
Cliff Richard   Vocals
Candy Dulfer   Saxophone
Daryl Stuermer   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Chester Thompson   Drums
Brian Bennett   Drums
John Illsley   Bass Guitar
Hank Marvin   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Mason   Drums
Tim Renwick   Guitar
Richard Wright   Keyboards
Adele Bertei   Background Vocals
Curt Smith   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Tony Banks   Keyboards
Ray Beavis   Brass
Doug Boyle   Guitar
Sam Brown   Background Vocals
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Jon Carin   Keyboards
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Brad Cole   Keyboards
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Jim Copley   Drums
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Brass
John Earle   Brass
Nathan East   Bass Guitar
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Guy Fletcher   Keyboards
David Gilmour   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Gower   Brass
William Gregory   Saxophone
Mark Griffiths   Bass Guitar
Cliff Hall   Keyboards
Dick Hanson   Brass
Pete Howarth   Background Vocals
Phil Johnstone   Keyboards
Harry Kim   Brass
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Vocals
Lui Lui   Brass
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar,Vocals
Durga McBroom   Background Vocals
Linda McCartney   Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Moessl   Synthesizer
Mick Mullins   Background Vocals
Keith Murrell   Background Vocals
Don Myrick   Brass
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Roland Orzabal   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Rick Parfitt   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Guy Pratt   Bass Guitar
Jeff Rich   Drums
Francis Rossi   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Rutherford   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Carole Steele   Percussion
Biti Strauchn   Background Vocals
Hamish Stuart   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Clare Torry   Background Vocals
Bruce Welch   Guitar,Vocals
Fred White   Background Vocals
Chris Whitten   Drums
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Keyboards,Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Andrew Bown   Keyboards
Gary Wallis   Percussion
Leland Sklar   Bass Guitar
Charlie Jones   Bass Guitar
John "Rhino" Edwards   Bass Guitar
Neil Taylor   Guitar
Chris Blackwell   Drums

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer
Phil Collins   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Pete Craigie   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Mike Fraser   Engineer
David Gilmour   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Mark Knopfler   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Darby Slick   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Gary Stewart   Engineer
Michelle Reynolds   Engineer
Nick Reynolds   Engineer
Dave Dee   Liner Notes
Pickett   Composer
Tim Summerhaze   Engineer

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