Joan Armatrading – Rockpalast 1980 – Live In Germany
CDR from reel tape – recorded from WDR, German TV – April 19, 1980
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Joan Armatrading’s fantastic performance at the 6th Rockpalast Night Festival.
Joan Armatrading (guitar, vocals)
Bill Bodine (bass)
Richie Hayward (drums, vocals)
Rick Hirsch (guitar, vocals)
Dick Sims (keyboards, vocals)
Richard Belke (guitar)
Joan Armatrading and her band opened an extended Europe and America tour with their appearance at the 6th Rockpalast Night.
Joan was born in December, 1950, on an island in the Caribbean. As a 17-year old, she emigrated to England with her parents; the family based itself in Birmingham. Joan Armatrading actively began making music herself in the mid '60s. She learned how to play piano and guitar. The music that she gladly listened to and that got her started was not from The Beatles or The Stones, but mainly jazz records and from Van Morrison.
Working together for a while with the black English lyricist Pam Nestor resulted in Joan Armatrading's first solo record, which was seen as very promising. Joan Armatrading has more than fulfilled this appraisal; she is an absolute exception in English rock music. In her compositions, she uses all the music styles that can be named, and builds such difficult and complicated arrangements, harmonies and tempos together that even the most knowledgeable musicians have difficulties counting the beats.
At live concerts, Joan Armatrading is the focal point. The chosen session musicians in her accompanying band see to it that her sophisticated songs be performed as well as possible. She herself sings and plays guitar in such a way that no extra lighting effects and studied movements are necessary to concentrate attention on her for over one and a half hours. As is already well-known, Richie Hayward made a comeback at this appearance. This drummer will still be remembered by all Rockpalast friends as he was still playing for 'Little Feat' in July, 1977 at the first Rockpalast Night.
1. Mama Mercy (3:05)
2. Down To Zero (3:57)
3. Cold Blue Stole My Heart (7:25)
4. I Really Must Be Going (5:24)
5. Me Myself I (3:22)
6. Ma-Me-O-Beach (2:56)
7. Band Intro + Love And Affection (9:04)
8. Rosie (3:16)
9. How Cruel (2:38)
10. Turn Out The Light (4:27)
11. You Rope Me, You Tie Me (4:08)
12. Kissin' And A-Huggin' (5:32)
13. Tall In The Saddle + crowd (8:13)
14. Crowd + Willow + crowd (11:55)
15. When You Kisses Me (3:34)
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