Recently saw Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes in concert and what an incredible night it was. I have been a fan of this guitar legend for years, since first hearing him play Country Boy, and his work with Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, The Everly Brothers and many other artists is just mind blowing.
The Komedia in Brighton is a great venue and I saw Scotty Moore there a few years ago. Laid out with tables in a cabaret style it is a great venue and perfect for concerts like this. I was fortunate to get a table right in front of the stage and Albert and the band could not have been more than six feet away.
He opened the show with a stunning version of the Green Day hit Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) and followed with a selection that covered his entire career including Luxury Liner, Rad Gumbo, Restless, Sweet Little Lisa, Real Wild Child and My Window Faces The South.
Besides being a first-class guitarist he is also proficient on the keyboards and proved this with a selection of material including the Jimmy Webb classic Highwayman.
Members of Hogan's Heroes, all great musicians, were given their own chance to show off their talents on a selection of tracks.
The highlight of the show for me was the blistering version of Country Boy after which he bought the evening to a close with the Johnny Burnette classic Tear It Up.
Following the show I had the opportunity to meet Albert and have my photo taken with him. He is so down to earth and despite his career credentials was genuinely grateful for all the support and applause he received during the show. Hope he comes back soon. I'll be first in line for tickets.
However, I have many happy memories of watching these on the big screen or TV and with an interest in the fifties and sixties this new set is very welcome.
Sporting a great cover and accompanied by an informative 20-page booklet with liner notes by Lucky Parker this set is full of great tracks by artists as varied as Tommy Steele, Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan, Adam Faith, Frankie Vaughan, Cliff Richard and Terry Dene.
Highlights include Play It Cool, Once Upon A Dream, Freight Train, Six-Five Special, Made Me, Beat Girl, We Say Yeah and the list just goes on...
This release brings back so many great memories and comes highly recommended.