Title - 'Live at Knebworth 1990' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Various
OK, for the record, this 2-disc 2010 release of 'Live At Knebworth' is simply just a repackage folks, sorry! The music has NOT been remastered at all, which is something the original release was in dire need of, if truth be told. The only thing different is the packaging. So if you have it already, unless you want a different CD case and new booklet, save your money!
Now, for those that don't have it, let's take a walk through it, shall we. We begin with Tears For Fears' classic pop song, 'Everybody Wants To Rule the World.' "It's a great pleasure to be here today supporting this charity," announces lead singer Curt Smith, before heading into a long, oh so long 'Badman's Song.' 'Dirty Water' from Status Quo is next, but it's both 'Whatever You Want' and 'Rockin' All Over the World' that get the crowd's voices raised the highest in sing-along style.
Britain's loveable, musical Peter Pan, Cliff Richard together with the Shadows is up next with 'On The Beach.' And after thanking everyone in the audience for showing up, he let's us have 'Do You Wanna Dance.' And he sounds fab! The fantastic Robert Plant is next. Introing 'Hurting Kind' with a simple "OK, let's rock," the ex-Led rocks out for sure. Introducing 'Liars Dance' in an incredible quiet, calm tone, quickly we're done with that and into 'Tall Cool One.' Plant then rages on perfectly for 'Wearing and Tearing,' which also features his partner in crime, Jimmy Page.
Rounding out the first CD, is Genesis with a kickin' version of 'Mama.' Well, in truth it's actually a public announcement at the venue for Peter Rust to call home as his wife has gone into labor! Anyway, before heading into the Genesis medley of 'Turn On Again/Everybody Needs Somebody To Love/Reach Out/I'll Be There/Pinball Wizard/In the Midnight Hour/Turn It,' Phil Collins speaks up: "Here's some you might know." And, by God, he's right! "We're happy to be back here in our home town of Knebworth," he follows, before the band slide into a quick 'Somebody To Love.'
Disc 2 begins with the solo Collins on the fun, bouncy 'Sussudio,' which of course features a drum solo and keyboard fanfare! Next up is a rousing 'Sunshine of Your Love' from the one and only, Mr. Eric Clapton. Inclusive of a long, drawn out drum and bongo mid-section, we eventually head into 'Think I Love You Too Much' from Dire Straits. Nothing much to talk about here, in truth, as its very, well, perfect of a recording (studio like, in fact), but when the announcer gives us, "Ladies and gentlemen, here's Elton John" we suddenly all stand up to attention!
First we get 'Sad Songs (Say So Much)' - complete with twinkling piano key intro - which is followed, after he admits "it's very warm up here" by a wonderful 'Saturday Night's All Right (For Fighting).' Then, and completely out of sync with the running of the CD, Paul McCartney takes the stage. "Good morning," he announces, when quite clearly it was the afternoon a minute ago! A pre-recorded voice then says, 'Yo, give me something to drive to' and suddenly we're into the charming 'Coming Up.' That then bleeds straight into 'Hey Jude' which then orchestrates a massive audience sing-along. "Thank you. You were great, and you were great, and you were great," he thanks everyone before leaving the stage.
Up last is the timeless classic, 'Comfortably Numb' from Pink Floyd. Performed to vinyl perfection, the classic song is masterful to listen to even today. "Thank you vey much indeed," Roger Waters says to his baying audience. "What a lovely night. OK, one more song and we're off." And with that we get another perfect rendition of 'Run Like Hell,' before the lights go down on the event for good that day.