Legendary larynx's Family outing...
I can vividly remember the first time I saw Roger
Chapman in 1971 at the Liverpool Stadium with Family. It was a terrifying
experience for a then thirteen year old. At the time Family were one of the
great underground bands and Roger Chapman was the Family's front man. He
came across as someone who could quite well come down into the audience and
give you a good hiding. The other more noticeable talent of course was that
distinctive voice which has sometimes been unfairly compared to Larry The
Apart from the voice of course it soon became
apparent that here was one of the most distinctive voices and performers
of the modern rock era. I am happy to say that although no longer intimidated
by Roger Chapman I am still impressed with his voice and of course his unique
talent as a front man par excellence.
This performance was filmed at the Newcastle
Opera House on Roger's tour of late 2002 and sees him fronting an established,
tight and well-honed band that includes Henry Spinetti, Gary Twigg and Ian
Gibbons. Working his way through a set that includes Toe Nail Draggin' from
his time with Streetwalkers and his hit with Mike Oldfield, Shadow On The
It is of course the Family material that will
attract most people and Roger doesn't disappoint anyone by including The
Weavers Answer, My Friend The Sun, In My Own Time and of course the truly
wonderful Burlesque. Don't run away with the idea that it is only these songs
that impress as Roger excels on a version of Bob Dylan's Blind Willie McTell
and Mickey Jupp's Short List.
This DVD proves emphatically that Roger Chapman
still has what it takes to get an audience on it's collective feet and that
he is still one of this country's most original vocal talents.
Included as extra footage we have an in depth
interview with Roger, which covers his current band, and of course what went
before and also includes comments from fans that attended this concert.
Review by Jon Kirkman, Rock Ahead
© 2003 All rights reserved.
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