MUSIC LIVE REVIEWS
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King Tut’s, Glasgow, 17 Sept.
How would the ilow go? Could the wraith-like ebb and ilow oi Spiritualized’s studio cocoon ambience survive its transmutation to the stage? Or would it splinter and letter, those stately pleasures tumbling , into wrack and ruin?
i Don’t ask me. I was blinded by the :Iights, stunned by the cattle-prod to the ‘irontal lobe that was Spiritualized’s wheeling, gyroscopic stroboscopes and oil lamps. In those heady patterns is the essence of Spiritualized - random shapes thrown up, flowing into rhythmic patterns that have sometime, somewhere been seen beiore, but are someway, somewho here reinvented.
" Dodgy psychedelia, dubious prog rock, H O a T I N a questionable hippy wank. Spiritualized
N T H E 51 REET are part-way immersed in all oi these,
iree-iloating in a laid-back ether that is ﬂ
oi their own strange brew.
But it’s not just abstract shapes and iiddly wibbly bits that Spiritualized are shuttling. As ‘Medicine’ reminds us, Jason may have had his locks shorn, but, by golly, he’s gone metal. Like so many oi his band’s very iine moments, this recent single driits into liie as a ~ moonstruck drug drone. Then, whaml, Spiritualized rock out into cataclysmic, lleshy guitar mayhem. ‘Bun’ is similarly bumptious, toll of blood and guts, and sections oi the crowd are
? encouraged-to attempt something
loosely akin to dancing.
But, in the main, Spiritualized live is
‘ a sedentary experience. ‘Take Your Time’ takes its own advice, fading
away and iading back, bleeding onwards and upwards irom its cursory-by-comparison album atmospherlcs. Also in the main, Spiritualized live is a bizarre, weird,
! strung-up, iar out mind-ilip. Sights and sounds spiral by, untrammelled by
normal song - ‘thanks, this one’s
called. . .’—song—‘thanks . . .‘ ethics.
The ilow went well, the vibes went
otherworldly, and we all went home in
a cosmic taxi to the heavens. That was Spiritualized live. Orwas itiust one pint too many? (Craig McLean)
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Portobello Town Hall, 29 Aug.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mozart is a death-trap to all but the totally secure. Sadly, this ‘Seraglio' was a reminder oi this iact. Director
I Nick Broadbent has expressed the
" desire to use singers who can act as well as cope with demanding vocal lines, yet some oi the staging was distinctly ham and reminiscent oi Gilbert and Sullivan at its worst. One oi the most entertaining moments in Actl was when a dog in the audience became over-excited at the scenario, taking a good ten minutes to be pacliied.
Many oi the beautiiul moments in this line opera were lost. In particular, Belmonte's ‘0 how swiltly, 0 how iiercely beats my anxious loving heart’,
sung so beautiiully by Gavin Sayers, was ruined by the curious antics oi ~- - - ~ Pedrillo.
That Mozart can be a death-trap must
an ill ‘ “\x. _
hve been keenly lelt by Kathryn Smith
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in her portrayal oi Constanze, admittedly a dliiicult role. The beauty oi ‘Sorrow rose in my sad heart’ was lost by poor intonation and lack oi quality at the top.
A certain amount at reliei greeted Blonde’s burst upon the scene. Totally sexy with a voice to match, Naomi ltami, a constant smile upon her iace, was a delight to watch. She combined good acting with a youthiul voice, particularly exquisite at the high end at its register.
Rene Linnenbank (Osmln) was in line voice but Simon Hart (Pasha Selim) was a little dry and looked rather uncomtortable in this role. Nicholas Bosworth periormed admirably at the piano in what must have been an exhausting evening’s work.
Generally speaking, this was not one at Scottish Opera Go Round’s greatest successes. (Janie Beacon)
[ 7 BOOK Now
Concerts listed are those at é : malor venues, iorwhlch
tickets are on public sale at , tlme ot going oi press.
I GLASGOW BARROWLAND (226 4679)
: Mudhoney, 9 Oct;The Saw Doctors, 12 Oct; Quireboys, 13 Oct; Happy
Mondays, 14 Oct; Shamen, 15—16 Oct; Ugly Kid Joe, 18 Oct; The Orb,
2 19 Oct; Magnum, 26 Oct;
Julian Cope, 28 Oct; lnspiral Carpets, 4 Nov; Ministry, 18 Nov; Faith
No More. 3 Dec; Ned’s
Atomic Dustbin. 5 Dec; Little Angels, 13 Dec.
I GLASGOW CONCERT HALL (227 5511)The Christians, 15 Oct; Chuck
Berry, 6 Nov; Smokey
Robinson, 9 Nov.
I GLASGOW PAVILION (332 1846) Martin Stephenson, 2 Nov; Voice of Dr Hook, 16 Nov.
I GLASGOW SECC (031 557 6969) Metallica, 27 Oct; Cliff Richard, 29-31 Oct; George Benson, 1 Nov; Tom Jones, 2 Nov;
Simply Red, 3 Dec; Status
Quo. 5 Dec; Jason Donovan, 6 Dec; Extreme, 11 Dec; Gary Glitter, 23—24 Dec.
I EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE (557 2590) Temptations/Three Degrees, 27 Oct; The Cure, 20—21 Nov; Curtis Stigers, 4 Dec.
I EDINBURGH OUEEN'S
HALL (668 2019) lnspiral Carpets. 3 Nov; Jimmy Rogers, 20 Nov.
I GLASGOW CITY HALL
(2275511) Dave Brubeck, 5 : Quartet, 29 Nov; Rostal
15 Oct; Maceo Parker, 21 Oct; Tommy Smith Sextet, 29 Oct; Nigel
3 Clark, 1 Nov; Roy
Hargrove, 5 Nov; John Scoﬁeld, 14 Nov; Jimmy
_ Rogers, 19 Nov; Chick
Lyall, 21 Nov;Tam
White, 3 Dec; Kidd and
Fame, 10 Dec;Tommy
' Smith, 21 Jan; Lyttelton
and Bilk, 4 Feb; Kevin
MacKenzie, 6 Feb; Michel é Petrucciani, 13 Feb; Don
Cherry, 25 Feb; Melanie O’Reilly, ll Mar;Tom Bancroft Orchestra, 20 Mar; Rebirth Brass Band, 25 Mar.
I GLASGOW MITCHELL THEATRE (227 5511) Don Lusher, 19 Oct; Fat Sam’s Band, 22 Oct; Terry Lightfoot, 23 Oct; Ronnie Scott. 24 Oct.
I EDINBURGH OUEEN'S HALL (668 2019) Maceo Parker, 23 Oct; Tommy Smith Sextet, 30 Oct; Roy Hargrove, 6 Nov; John Scoficld, 13 Nov; Jimmy Rogers, 20 Nov; Kidd and Fame, 11 Dec; Lyttelton and Bilk, 5 Feb; Michel Petrucciani, 12 Feb; Don Cherry, 26 Feb; Cauld Blast Orchestra, 5 Mar; Tom Bancroft Orchestra, 19 Mar; Rebirth Brass Band, 26 Mar.
I EDINBURGH USHER HALL (228 1155) Dave Brubeck, 14 Oct.
I GLASGOW CONCERT
; HALL (227 5511)The
; Chieftains, 300ct.
I GLASGOW PAVILION
5 (332 1846) Ronnie Brown,
I EDINBURGH KING'S THEATRE (220 4349) Ronnie Brown, 8 Nov.
I EDINBURGH OUEEN'S
. HALL(668 2019) Avalon, 15 Oct;Wolfstone,22 , Oct.
I GLASGOW CONCERT
HALL (227 5511) Eartha Kitt, 12 Oct; Val Doonican, 26 Oct; Jack Jones, 8 Nov; Glenn
Miller Orchestra UK, 16
I GLASGOW PAVILION (332 1846) Dominic Kirwin, 10 Oct; Joe Longthorne, 21-24 Oct; Charley Pride, 12—13 Nov. I GLASGOW SECC (031 557 6969) Shirley Bassey, 2 Dec.
I EDINBURGH KING'S
, THEATRE (2204349)
Eartha Kitt, 11 Oct;Joe
3 Hooray for Hollywood,15
Nov. I EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
(557 2590) RAF Bands, 31
Oct; Magic of the
Musicals, 18 Nov.
I GLASGOW CONCERT
HALL (227 5511) Operain Concert, 14 Oct; Osaka
Phil,20 Oct;ECCO, 11
Nov; Oslo Phil, 12 Nov; LSO, 15 Nov; Tokyo
and Schaefer, 1 Dec; Shura Cherkassky, 2 Dec;
1 Polish CO, 1 Feb;John
Williams, 10 Feb; Vienna
; SO,4Mar;Philharmonia, ; 22 Mar;ltzhak Perlman,
f Phil, 11 May.
I GLASGOW RSAIAD (332
505'7)SCOBrass,90ct,6 Dec, 12 Mar;Paragon
Ensemble, 11 Oct, 8 Nov; BBC 880, 24 Oct, 27 Mar, 17 Apr.
I EDINBURGH OUEEN’S HALL (668 2019) Leda Piano Trio, 30 Sept; Ronan O‘Hora, 6 Oct; Lothian Music Ensemble, 7 Oct; SCO Brass, lOOct, 5 Dec, 13 Mar; Paragon Ensemble, 12 Oct, 9 Nov; ECAT, 13 Oct; Edinburgh Concert Opera, 18 Oct; Lindsay String Quartet, 19 Oct; BBC $80, 24 Oct; Scottish Ensemble, 25 Oct, 6 Dec, 14 Feb, 25 Apr; Hebrides Ensemble, 26 Oct; Scottish Chamber Choir, 31 Oct; Artur Pizarro, 30 Nov; Britten Quartet, 15 Feb; Nash Ensemble, 22 Mar.
I EDINBURGH USHER HALL (228 1155) ERCU Messiah, 2 Jan; ERCU Elijah, 3 Apr.
32 The List 25 September — 8 October 1992