Willy DeVille Live in Berlin (2-CD)

Live in Berlin (2-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Eagle Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Dirty Linen - 06-07/03, pp.87-8
"...Moody, lonely, lustful, and wry..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.St. Peter's Street
  • Buy for $0.992.Betty and Dupree
  • Buy for $0.993.It's Too Late She's Gone
  • Buy for $0.994.Spanish Harlem
  • Buy for $0.995.Trouble in Mind
  • Buy for $1.296.Storybook Love
  • Buy for $0.997.Big Blue Diamond
  • Buy for $0.998.Shake Sugaree
  • Buy for $0.999.Let It Be Me
  • Buy for $0.9910.That Is the Way to Make a Broken Heart
  • Buy for $0.9911.Hound Dog
  • Buy for $0.9912.Junker's Blues
  • Buy for $0.9913.You Better Move On
  • Buy for $0.9914.Nightfalls
  • Buy for $1.2915.Since I Met My Baby
  • Buy for $1.2916.Heaven Stood Still

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.I'm Blue So Blue
  • Buy for $0.992.Keep A Knocking / Sea Cruise
  • Buy for $0.993.Shake Rattle and Roll
  • Buy for $0.994.Rambling on My Mind
  • Buy for $0.995.One Night of Sin - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.996.Steady Drivin' Man - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.997.Goin' Over the Hill - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.998.Bamboo Road - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.999.Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Toe - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $1.2910.Carmelita - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.9911.All by Myself - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Billy the Kid - (bonus track)

Product Description:

Personnel: Willy DeVille (vocals, guitar, dobro, harmonica); Freddy Koella (guitar, mandolin, violin); Seth Farber, David Keyes (piano, background vocals); Boris Kinberg (percussion); Yadonna, Dorene "Sweetie" Wise (background vocals).
Personnel: Willy DeVille (vocals, guitar, dobro, harmonica); Freddy Koella (guitar, mandolin, violin); Seth Farber (piano, background vocals); Boris Kinberg (percussion); David Keyes, YaDonna Wise (background vocals).
Recording information: Berlin, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden.
Unknown Contributor Role: YaDonna Wise.
Arranger: Willy DeVille.
Even though the same love of '50s and '60s music courses through the blood of Willy DeVille on this live stripped-down acoustic show from Berlin (with eight bonus tracks from a gig in Stockholm with a predominantly different band to flesh out the second disc) in the early 2000s, this is very different from anything the singer recorded with his Mink DeVille group two decades earlier. He is more blues-oriented here, covering everyone from Robert Johnson to Little Willie John and Champion Jack Dupree. He's lived a bumpy life, both personally and professionally, which is evident in his ragged but soulful and instantly identifiable vocals. The bulk of the double-CD set is recorded in Berlin with a backing duo featuring the stunning piano work of Seth Farber. The pianist is the primary instrumentalist with DeVille's strummed guitar appearing only occasionally throughout the hour-and-a-half Berlin section. It's a loose, intimate performance with Willy delivering stirring renditions of ballads such as "Spanish Harlem" (the only recorded version of a song perfectly suited for him), "Let It Be Me," and his own "Storybook Love." He dives into New Orleans second-line boogie-woogie with a roughed-up "Hound Dog" and rescues his lovely "Night Falls" from 1987's unjustly ignored Miracle album. The gorgeous "Heaven Stood Still," one of the only selections from his Mink days, is another highlight. Disc two closes the Berlin section with Jerry Lee Lewis and Joe Turner rockers as pianist Farber takes the spotlight to showcase his rollicking lines and lead vocals as DeVille assists. The Stockholm show rounds out the second CD with a 12-song, 40-minute set that equals and at times bests the longer Berlin segment. Here DeVille is joined by a larger band that includes percussion, a pair of female backing vocalists, and a full-time guitarist to expand the sound. A sprightly mix of covers from Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan, Johnny Burnette, and Mississippi Fred McDowell testifies to DeVille's wide-ranging tastes, but it's his own percussive "Bamboo Road" that practically steals the show on this consistently entertaining, and often even revelatory, two-hour package. ~ Hal Horowitz

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  • UPC: 826992000329
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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