Two DVDs from Classic
Pictures show two major British rock acts at work in the eighties
Judie Tzuke went
through a twilight period in the late eighties - between labels and somewhat
out of synch with the prevailing musical trends. But a decade earlier she
had been catapulted to fame with the delicate ballad Stay With Me Till
Dawn, a staple in the car cassette player for many a couple during
that period, whilst her posters graced the wall of many a male student bedsit.
Latterly, Judie formed her
own Full Moon record label and she has to be congratulated for doing her
own thing away from the glare and possible complications of a mainstream
label contract. Moreover, in recent years her back catalogue has become available
again as she has wrestled the rights back from Elton Johns Rocket label.
This Fairfield Halls concert
was recorded for a TV special in 1985 and is an excellent showcase, focusing
on 'The Cat Is Out' album which Judie was then promoting. It also features
Judies classic band of that period with husband Paul Muggleton and
Mike Paxman together with John Edwards (more recently seen with Status Quo)
and Bob Noble.
The DVD also marks a transition
from the driving rock sound that Judie Tzuke favoured in the early eighties,
which created something of a dichotomy for hardcore fans who remembered her
as a tad more fragile on the original hit single.
More recently Judie has
reasserted her status as one of rocks most talented female
singer-songwriters and could easily find a new audience latterly turned on
to the likes of Dido and Jewel. **** (Classic Pictures DVD1087X)
John Martyn should
be certified as a national treasure. In a quarter century of music-making
he has always pushed the boundaries, developing an individual style from
his early folk beginnings to his later jazz fusion sorties.
This 1984 'Live
From London' TV recording captures Martyn at his laid-back best with a crack
band, and during the period that he was promoting the album 'Sapphire'. Die-hards
will welcome the inclusion of old favourites One World and
Sweet Little Mystery but the more recent material also passes
muster. The resulting dense weave of sound is hypnotic, cut through the middle
in places by Martyns fuzz guitar and glued into position by Foster
Patterson's synth which also doubles up in the rhythm department.
Both these releases have
the novelty of a 'bonus' CD with the audio soundtrack. The CD is actually
placed back to back with the DVD. A nice touch for those that like to take
out the audio for that midnight drive. **** (Classic Pictures DVD1091X).
Review by David Randall
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