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Chris Thompson - LIVE IN BERLIN (2CD1DVD)

Genre: Rock
Release Date: 4th June 2012

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST098CD
Price: £19.99
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Chris Thompson - LIVE IN BERLIN
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Chris Thompson has had a long and varied career in the music business. Born in the United Kingdom but raised in New Zealand, Chris first experienced local success with bands in New Zealand before relocating to the UK in 1973. Chris’s first big break came when he replaced Mick Rogers in Manfred Mann’s Earthband. His debut with the band was on the Roaring Silence album, which contained the worldwide number 1 hit single Blinded By The Light. Following that single the band re-recorded another Bruce Springsteen song Spirits In The Night, which had featured on the band's previous album Nightingales and Bombers.

Whilst with Manfred Mann’s Earthband Chris also featured on Jeff Wayne’s concept album War of the Worlds recording the track Thunder Child, which was also a UK hit single. (Chris would regularly perform the song live in the concert presentation of the War of The Worlds album in the noughties). He also enjoyed massive worldwide success with Manfred Mann’s Earthband recording the albums Watch and Angel Station and hit singles Davy’s On The Road Again, Mighty Quinn, Don’t Kill It Carol and You Angel You before deciding to leave the Earthband to concentrate on his solo career by way of the band Night, which Chris led for two albums.

Following his time with Night Chris returned to the Earthband but also continued to record solo albums. More recently Chris has been performing concerts with the Mads Eriksen band where the band perform both new material from Chris alongside other songs Chris is rightly famous for from the Earthband catalogue. To date the band has filmed two live DVDs and live albums for release.

This live 2CD and bonus DVD package is a mixture of a live radio concert and a previous rehearsal and concert that took place in 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.

Chris is backed by a full band, which includes Mads Eriksen, Gunnar Bjelland and Frank Hovland with Szolt Meszaros on drums for the Berlin concert and Steinar Krokstad drumming on the Aschaffenburg material.

Chris Thompson’s profile as an artist is currently high due to extensive touring and also as a result of his previous work with Manfred Mann’s Earthband and also as a solo artist and as such this package will be an attractive and much anticipated release.


Tracks:
DVD: LIVE AT THE COLOS-SAAL /
THE ASCHAFFENBURG REMAINS
1 MARTHA'S MADMAN
2 LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
3 WHOLE LOT TO GIVE
4 IF YOU REMEMBER ME
5 DEMOLITION MAN
6 REDEMPTION SONG
7 DON'T KILL IT CAROL

FAN CAM DEXHEIM
1 MIGHTY QUINN
2 DRUM SOLO ( ZSOLT MESZAROS )
3 YOU ANGEL YOU
4 DAVY'S ON THE ROAD AGAIN
PLUS INTERVIEW :
CHRIS AND BAND BY JON KIRKMAN

CD 1: LIVE AT RADIO BERLIN 88.8

1. FATHER OF DAY
2. WASTING TIME
3. HOT SUMMER NIGHT
4. SPIRITS IN THE NIGHT
5. MARTHA'S MADMAN
6. LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
7. WHOLE LOT TO GIVE
8. IF YOU REMEMBER ME
9. DEMOLITION MAN
10. REDEMPTION SONG
11. DON'T KILL IT CAROL
12. RUNNER
13. MIGHTY QUINN

CD 2: LIVE AT RADIO BERLIN 88.8

1. PIECE FOR THE WICKED ( MADS ERIKSEN )
2. YOU ANGEL YOU
3. DAVY'S ON THE ROAD
4. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

ENCORES
5. FOR YOU
6. YOU'RE THE VOICE
7. QUESTIONS

 



 Review: Chris Thompson review


 

CHRIS THOMPSON -
Berlin Live
Gonzo 2012
Blinding and spiritual, one of the best British singers finally delivers a full-blooded, heavy-on-the-hits concert album.

They're all there, from "Father Of Day, Father Of Night" to "Questions", through "Blinded By The Light" and "Spirits In The Night" and even the brilliant "Don't Kill It Carol" which the veteran didn't sing a lead on originally - all done with Thompson's charm and looseness that was sometimes missing from his old band's performances. With Norwegian players behind him now to unleash many a pleasant passage, like in "Runner", it's all about the song, not arrangement, and Chris takes off harking back to his New Zealand roots in the tribal groove of "Land Of The Long White Cloud" and gets on the edge in the funky "Wasting Time" from his latest studio work - laid down a decade before this 2011 recording. The most welcome inclusions, though, are the swaying, harmonica-oiled blues "Whole Lot To Give" from his collaboration with Mads Eriksen who has a solo spot here, and a graceful, breezy version of "Hot Summer Night" from the singer's underrated late '70s project NIGHT. Still, the emotional zenith comes down not with "If You Remember Me", a bit too saccharine ballad, but with the bare-bones "For You", a measure of the artist's dedication to his audience who's thanked, each one by name, in the booklet.

One fantastic concert - long overdue and all the better for it.

 Review: CHRIS THOMPSON REVIEW


Chris Thompson is an English vocalist/musicians that was raised in New Zealand and became mostly know through Manfred Mann’s Earthband when he succeeded Mick Rogers in 1976. Chris also released several solo albums, especially during the 80s and participated in other well-known musician works such as: Gary Moore, Elton John, John Parr, John Farnham, Mike Oldfield, Alan Parsons, Bonnie Tyler, Steve Hackett & Steelhouse Lane among others.

This new work is a double CD plus a bonus DVD from a live radio concert (Radio Berlin) and a previous rehearsal and concert that took place in Aschaffenburg at the Colos-Saal. The Berlin radio concert is just as it came from the radio transmission and such is the complete concert: as fans heard it on the radio. I hadn’t heard it at the time it was on but the quality, the performances and the band’s attitude is vibrant generally. There are plenty of songs to hear (mostly) from the Manfred Mann’s Earthband era as well as a few others from his solo albums, including the hit “You’re the Voice” which he had also co-written and was firstly presented by the Australian vocalist John Farnham. The live show is as enjoyable as it can be, it has a very good sound in general and will give a clue to all those who weren’t able to listen to it on the radio back in the day.

The DVD contains only 7 tracks from the Colos-Saal and 4 with special guests Dexheim (FanCam). The whole concert was bound to be released, but due to a major problem with the digital sound of the recording only 7 songs were usable in the end. Moreover, a discovered problem with the moving camera made that camera's material unusable. The guys did their best to save what they could from this concert. They also left the interviews they had done before the show just to give a hint of what was lost in terms of songs & enthusiasm. Chris is backed by a full band which includes Mads Eriksen on guitar, Gunnar Bjelland on keys, Frank Hovland on bass with Szolt Meszaros on drums for the Berlin concert and Steinar Krokstad on drums & Dirk Naessens on violin on the Aschaffenburg Remains - Live at the Colos-Saal - material.

Overall, this 2CD plus DVD package is actually very good and I’m sure the guys that attended the show that night should have it on their collection. As for the others… if you do like Chris Thompson & Manfred Mann’s Earthband then there’s no way not to revel in this very beautiful release.

 Review: A GREAT CHRIS THOMPSON REVIEW


Blinding and spiritual, one of the best British singers finally delivers a full-blooded, heavy-on-the-hits concert album.

You can't go wrong with Chris Thompson: the likes of QUEEN know it too well when inviting the man to back them, and duetting with Sarah Brightman was no mean feat either. Quite simply, the man has The Voice, and that's the title of a song he co-wrote for John Farnham and gloriously reclaims here, on German radio concert which is spread over two discs and has a DVD companion. And it's only one of surprises strewn across the set showcasing many of Thompson's successes yet relying reasonably on the hits Chris notched in the company of Manfred Mann.

They're all there, from "Father Of Day, Father Of Night" to "Questions", through "Blinded By The Light" and "Spirits In The Night" and even the brilliant "Don't Kill It Carol" which the veteran didn't sing a lead on originally - all done with Thompson's charm and looseness that was sometimes missing from his old band's performances. With Norwegian players behind him now to unleash many a pleasant passage, like in "Runner", it's all about the song, not arrangement, and Chris takes off harking back to his New Zealand roots in the tribal groove of "Land Of The Long White Cloud" and gets on the edge in the funky "Wasting Time" from his latest studio work - laid down a decade before this 2011 recording. The most welcome inclusions, though, are the swaying, harmonica-oiled blues "Whole Lot To Give" from his collaboration with Mads Eriksen who has a solo spot here, and a graceful, breezy version of "Hot Summer Night" from the singer's underrated late '70s project NIGHT. Still, the emotional zenith comes down not with "If You Remember Me", a bit too saccharine ballad, but with the bare-bones "For You", a measure of the artist's dedication to his audience who's thanked, each one by name, in the booklet. 

One fantastic concert - long overdue and all the better for it.


 Review: Chris Thompson Live in Berlin and The Colos-Saal


Chris Thompson Live in Berlin and The Colos-Saal

Chris Thompson
Berlin Live & Live At The Colos-Saal (Gonzo Multimedia, 2012)
Fans of legendary British rock band Manfred Mann will immediately recognize Chris Thompson’s voice and many of the songs included in this triple set. Thompson delivers a passionate and memorable collection of songs backed by an excellent rock band.
Even though the Manfred Mann that I liked was the progressive rock-era version, the band was also known for delivering great rock songs and some radio hits. Some of the most recognizable featured in this live set are ‘Blinded By The Light’, ‘You Angel You’, ‘Spirits In The Night’, ‘Don’t Kill It Carol’ and ‘Mighty Quinn’.
Berlin Live & Live At The Colos-Saal contains two CDs and a bonus DVD. It is a combination of a live radio concert and a previous rehearsal and concert that took place in Aschaffenburg. The Aschaffenburg material was retrieved from a completely concert film and recording and is included as a bonus as the producers felt that the salvaged footage expressed the enjoyment of the concert. The Berlin concert remains 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 broadcast.
Born in the UK, Thompson grew up in New Zealand. He returned to the UK in 1973. He became Manfred Mann’s Earthband’s vocalist after Mick Rogers left the band. His voice first appeared on the 1976 Roaring Silence album which contained the hit single ‘Blinded By The Light.’
Thompson appeared on Jeff Wayne’s concept album War of the Worlds recording the track “Thunder Child” which was also a UK hit song. Thompson recorded the Manfred Mann’s Earthband LPs Watch and Angel Station, which featured the hit singles ‘Davy’s On The Road Again’, ‘Mighty Quinn’, ‘Don’t Kill It Carol’ and ‘You Angel You.’
Chris is backed by a full band which includes Mads Eriksen on guitar; Frank Hovland on bass, backing vocals; Gunnar Bjelland on keyboards; with Szolt Meszaros on drums for the Berlin concert and Steinar Krokstad as drummer on the Aschaffenburg material.
Berlin Live & Live At The Colos-Saal is an extraordinary collection of live songs by one of the unforgettable voices of 1970s British rock.
Tracks:
DVD: Live At The Colos-Saal, The Aschaffenburg Remains
1 Martha’s Madman , 2 Land Of The Long White Cloud , 3 Whole Lot To Give , 4 If You Remember Me , 5 Demolition Man , 6 Redemption Song , 7 Don’t Kill It Carol , Fan Cam Dexheim , 1 Mighty Quinn , 2 Drum Solo ( Zsolt Meszaros ) , 3 You Angel You , 4 Davy’s On The Road Again , Plus Interview : , Chris And Band By Jon Kirkman ,
Cd 1: Live At Radio Berlin 88.8
1. Father Of Day. 2. Wasting Time. 3. Hot Summer Night. 4. Spirits In The Night. 5. Martha’s Madman. 6. Land Of The Long White Cloud. 7. Whole Lot To Give. 8. If You Remember Me. 9. Demolition Man. 10. Redemption Song. 11. Don’t Kill It Carol. 12. Runner. 13. Mighty Quinn.
Cd 2: Live At Radio Berlin 88.8
1. Piece For The Wicked ( Mads Eriksen ) . 2. You Angel You. 3. Davy’s On The Road. 4. Blinded By The Light. Encores. 5. For You. 6. You’re The Voice. 7. Questions.

 Review: Chris Thompson review


Most of you classic rock fans will surely remember Chris Thompson as the lead singer of Manfred Mann's Earthband for many years throughout the 1970's and early '80s. Since leaving the Earthband, Thompson has mostly worked on a solo career , performing not only his solo hits but also some of the legendary songs from his time spent with Mann. Berlin Live & Live at the Colos-saal is a 2CD & bonus DVD set, one show recorded for Berlin radio (audio only) and another filmed at the Colos-saal, both in 2011. Joining Thompson were guitarist Mads Eriksen, keyboard player Gunnar Bjelland, bass player Frank Hovland , and drummer Zsolt Meszaros (drummer Steinar Krokstad plays on the DVD, as does guest violinist Dirk Naessens).

Longtime fans will be happy to know that Thompson still sounds great all these years later, his voice holding up well over the years and still energetic on classics like "Father of Day", "Spirits in the Night", "Don't Kill It Carol", "Blinded By the Light", "Demolition Man", "Questions", and of course the legendary "Mighty Quinn". The band is red hot throughout, delivering the goods in a big way on the harder rockers like "Martha's Madman" and "Whole Lot to Give", especially Eriksen who is quite a capable guitar player, ripping out plenty of crunchy riffs and flashy solos on these classic songs. Bjelland too impresses, especially on the hard rocking, prog rock version of "Runner", as he adds in plenty of forceful organ passages.

On the night the DVD was to be filmed at the Colos-saal in Aschaffenburg, there were all sorts of technical problems resulting in a good portion of the recordings unusable, but Thompson and his crew have salvaged a handful of songs from that evening and presented it here for the fans. What was usable is quite good, one of the highlights being the excellent new song "Land of the Long White Cloud", featuring a scorching solo from Eriksen, and the upbeat "Demolition Man", featuring a killer vocal from Thompson. Toss in some band interviews and fan shot footage, and you have a nice little bonus DVD in this jam packed live set.

Yep, Chris Thompson still has it folks, so if you've been itching to hear his superb vocals on new versions of classic Earthband material, make sure you check this hot live set out.

Track Listing

Disc 1-DVD
1 Martha's Madman
2 Land of the Long White Cloud
3 Whole Lot To Give
4 If You Remember Me
5 Demolition Man
6 Redemption Song
7 Don't Kill It Carol
8 Mighty Quinn
9 Drum Solo (Zsolt Meszaros)
10 You Angel You
11 Davy's on the road again
12 Chris and Band Interview
Disc 2-CD 1
1 Father of Day
2 Wasting Time
3 Hot Summer Night
4 Spirits In The Night
5 Martha's Madman
6 Land of the Long White Cloud
7 Whole Lot To Give
8 If You Remember Me
9 Demolition Man
10 Redemption Song
11 Don't Kill It Carol
12 Runner
13 Mighty Quinn
Disc 3 -CD2
1 Piece For the Wicked
2 You Angel You
3 Davy's On the Road
4 Blinded By the Light
5 For You
6 You're The Voice
7 Questions

 Review: CHRIS THOMPSON BELGIAN REVIEW


First of all dear readers, this brief history and to get into the best possible conditions to absorb a new box stuffed to the brim of rock music  ! For this case will contain a total of two CD "Live" as well as a DVD also from a stage performance. Chris Thompson for many years was the vocalist and, incidentally, the second guitarist of the legendary Manfred Mann . In reality, it is current at a reunion of the 70 that Chris will incorporate a first group to work from 1975 to 1987. At that time, the group, who had started his career in 1962, was renamed Manfred Mann's Earth Band . Subsequently, our singer again reinstate the adventure of 1992 to early 2000. He still occasionally work with other group members, to serve his own solo career with nearly a dozen albums and, finally, work with many great artists such as Elton John, Steve Hackett, Gary Moore or Mike Oldfield. Suffice to say that this gentleman has a bottle and a sacred experience behind him  !

Therefore, we enter into the heart of the matter, if you wish, from the beginning with the first slice of a very good technical level and, above all, excellent grip that its performance in public. As described in the document that accompanies this package, this package is a mixture of a concert for Radio Berlin and transmitted as such in its entirety in order to satisfy the fans. Originally developed to shows from the 17th and January 18th, 2011 at Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg Radio Berlin, the two wafers sonic include not less than 20 songs among which we find the great classics of Manfred Mann, but also several major " classic-rock "within the meaning of the word  ! All this is beautifully interpreted for its "Live" which will not suffer any weakness. Note a good public presence and a great presence in our frontman.Chris Thompson is undoubtedly a very great singer, but also an excellent guitarist.For the rest of the lineup, we épinglera delivery Mads Eriksen on the guitar, Gunnar Bjelland on keyboards, Frank Hovland on bass, and of gentlemen Steinar Krokstad Zsolt Meszaros for drums and percussion, and finally the presence of Dirk Naessens who held the violin. In this superb concert, we will cheerfully of classic-rock to progressive rock with several trips to the blues and jazz. Rebelote with the DVD which will include seven compositions 

plus 4 bonus and the interview of each musician. Here, the image will partner with her ​​for us to travel in the rock world.The public course will provide a large attendance at the event with several passages in the final form of jam sessions and, again, a major technical level. Do not forget the great heat that will emerge on stage  ! What about this set that is truly a feast for all lovers of good rock, but also to a wider audience, because here the subject is of great artistic and musical. Only one thing to do, empty your pockets and buy funds it without regret  !

 Review: CHRIS THOMPSON REVIEW


http://www.69facesofrock.com/chris_thompson_live_cd.html

Chris Thompson - Berlin Live & Live At Colos-Saal (Gonzo Multimedia) ****

Chris Thompson
 is a former vocalist for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. His signature voice can still be heard on the radio just about every day. You may not know the name, but for sure the voice will sound very familiar. This set is a live recording from a recent Chris Thompson solo tour. It's a very exquisite set. Not only do you get the complete version of the concert on two CDs, but there is also accompanying DVD, supplying the visual format. In fact, you get two different shows. The CDs come from the Berlin concerts, where as the DVD was filmed in Achaffenburg. In other words, as if you were there.

Chris Thompson really gives the fans what they want to hear, the hits he's known for from the Manfred Mann's Earth Band. And Germany was always a hot market for the band, so he's really playing to a dedicated audience. His voice is still in fantastic shape, and he's nailing every note at ease. Hearing all of these songs together it's hard to believe how impressive the classic MMEB was. The band is still continuing without Thompson, with rotating cast of vocalists.

Both shows here have an incredible atmosphere. The crowd is really into music, and this energy really transforms the performance into something special. This release makes a lot of sense. There is magic here, and it's not just another throwaway live album. Also, it's good to see that Chris Thompson is still active, as his profile in America is non-existent. Fantastic set of shows that can be relieved over and over.
Mark Kadzielawa


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON GONZO


LIVE IN BERLIN
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Night
CD - £7.99

Acoustic
CD - £7.99

Backtrack 1984-1994
CD - £9.99

One Hot Night In The Cold
DVD - £9.99

Time Line
CD - £9.99

 Review: CHRIS THOMPSON US REVIEW


http://www.69facesofrock.com/chris_thompson_live_cd.html

Chris Thompson - Berlin Live & Live At Colos-Saal (Gonzo Multimedia) ****

Chris Thompson
 is a former vocalist for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. His signature voice can still be heard on the radio just about every day. You may not know the name, but for sure the voice will sound very familiar. This set is a live recording from a recent Chris Thompson solo tour. It's a very exquisite set. Not only do you get the complete version of the concert on two CDs, but there is also accompanying DVD, supplying the visual format. In fact, you get two different shows. The CDs come from the Berlin concerts, where as the DVD was filmed in Achaffenburg. In other words, as if you were there.

Chris Thompson really gives the fans what they want to hear, the hits he's known for from the Manfred Mann's Earth Band. And Germany was always a hot market for the band, so he's really playing to a dedicated audience. His voice is still in fantastic shape, and he's nailing every note at ease. Hearing all of these songs together it's hard to believe how impressive the classic MMEB was. The band is still continuing without Thompson, with rotating cast of vocalists.

Both shows here have an incredible atmosphere. The crowd is really into music, and this energy really transforms the performance into something special. This release makes a lot of sense. There is magic here, and it's not just another throwaway live album. Also, it's good to see that Chris Thompson is still active, as his profile in America is non-existent. Fantastic set of shows that can be relieved over and over.
Mark Kadzielawa

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

LIVE IN BERLIN
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Night
CD - £7.99

Acoustic
CD - £7.99

Backtrack 1984-1994
CD - £9.99

One Hot Night In The Cold
DVD - £9.99

Time Line
CD - £9.99

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