Monday, June 15, 2015

CD Review: Chris Thompson Plays The "Jukebox" With New Ultimate Collection

English musician Chris Thompson has had an amazing career so far. He joined the Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1976, he helped form the LA band Night in 1979, released his first solo album in in 1981 and co-wrote hit singles for a number of fellow musicians. To celebrate Thompson's forty year musical career, Cherry Red Records in association with Esoteric Recordings is releasing a two-disc collection of Chris Thompson's work entitled "Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection."
 
Disc one begins with "Dark Side" from one of Thompson's most recently releases "Toys And Dishes" along with the song "Million Dollar Wonder Hit." Sandwiched between his recent numbers are live versions of Bob Dylan's "Father Of Day," which was recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band just prior to Thompson joining. The other live song is "Hot Summer Night" from Thompson's band, Night. Thompson and Manfred Mann's Earth Band have always had a love for Bruce Springsteen's songs as this collection includes three of them ("Spirits In The Night," "For You" and "Blinded By The Light").
 
The second disc begins with a rocking live version of Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn," which was released as a single by Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1978. Thompson also takes a crack at Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with great success as his vocals find the right balance of power and yearning. What Chris Thompson collection would be complete without "Blinded By The Light," a huge hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. This album features an alternate version of the song recorded in the early nineties. The disc closes with live versions of the up-tempo, fun sounds of "Davy's On The Road Again" and the quieter 'Questions."  To find out more about this career spanning release from Chris Thompson, please visit shop.cherryred.co.uk.