My top 10 live music performances

My good friend and fellow blogger Phil Holden often posts about music and occasionally I do too. In recent times I have really begun to appreciate that the only way you can tell really great musicians is by how they perform live, so here are my 10 best live performances, in no particular order:-

Bobby WomackI Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much
www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2NXqi2xBBo

Candy DulferDon’t Go
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_5ccXi2RCs

Isaac Hayes & Soul II SoulPapa was a Rollin’ Stone
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppleGn1LppM

Cris ReaJosephine
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaXbs6nN8OY

Joan Osborne & The Funk Brothers – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA0GcXV2njY

Snake Davis Band – Going home – Theme from Local Hero
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJM5w9utmt4

Isaac Hayes – ‘Your love is so doggone good’ from Wattstax 1972
I can’t track down a live video of this song so here’s the album version which, whilst being good, does not have the raw energy of the live performance at Wattstax in 1972 that’s available on CD
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-oHYHVbRHk

Keiko Matsui – Forever, Forever
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzqsWxau_gI

The Rippingtons – She likes to watch
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7en3HLWcq3w

Bob James – Mind Games
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP52BVOlbtM

For a bit on context I’ve seen Issac Hayes, The Rippingtons, Chris Rea, The Funk Brothers, Bob James and The Snake Davis Band live over the years.

Chris Rea – Josephine – Politics and music collide or NOT

I like much of Chris Rea’s music and have seen him live a few times over the years, the last time at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.

One of his tunes has stuck in my head forever – Josephine. There are quite a few different arrangements of it which Rea has used over the years, particularly live versions and you can find pretty much all of them on YouTube.

This is my favourite:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZpEz3-kj44

And here’s the Wikipedia page all about Rea:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Rea

If you scroll down the page you get to the collision between music and politics i.e. the fake news about him donating money to the Conservative Party when in fact it was donated by someone else with the same name. I must admit to being taken in by the fake news that it was the musical Cris Rea when I should have said to myself don’t believe all you read in the UK press!