First rehearsal of the two first albums is behind us. Five months, to the day. Spent Saturday with the band, eight of us in all, including the lovely Larteys, running through each track, in sequence, and learning some of them for the first time in ages. Several haven’t been played Live since the beginning of it all, and it felt good.
Tumbling Down, back to the original arrangement, was a thrill to perform. We all know the orchestral arrangements will make a huge impact at Symphony Hall, and maybe that was in some of the players’ minds as we played through them. I didn’t stop imagining the track with the orchestra and choral arrangements, not for a moment. I was signing the lyrics with one half of my brain, and conducting the parts with the other half. Had to imagine the sax parts, too, as Steve Norman couldn’t come to this one. The band all know what a lift that will give, too. And the percussion was missing mostly. Ashleigh shook things and keeps perfect time, but we will have a full-time percussionist on the night, and that might actually be Mr Norman, whose first instrument was drums, before he ever picked up a sax.
EMI have re-discovered the Between The Lines film, from Hammersmith Odeon, 1975. We’ve got a 30-minute edited version to add, possibly, to their proposed 5-CD package due in the autumn. They ask if I’d like the surviving Top Of The Pops and other 70s tv footage added to it, making a one-hour DVD to complete it. Boy, I look young.
written by PaulineW , June 25, 2012
151 Sleeps to be precise Steve... the days are going quick.. it'll be here before we know it.
Congrats on your first rehearsal, must be quite a buzz. I have been rediscovering the albums again too - enjoying them and getting to know them again... it does take me back.. oh dear - happy days.
Yes you do look very young in the old footage, awful isn't it - ageing! but have to grateful we're still here is my sentiment..
written by Ian Walker , June 26, 2012
The full cinema version of 'Between The Lines' would be better. And of course the other stuff would be great, too.
written by Peter Juckes-Hughes , June 29, 2012
Brilliant news. I am so looking forward to the concert, and also the 5cd boxset, and especially the DVD!!!!! It will all be a dream come true.
written by Craig , July 03, 2012
As this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, please plead with EMI to release the whole of `Between The Lines` DVD.
Its about time they gave you the retrospective you wholly deserve.
written by Jack Dorris , July 07, 2012
This is nothing more than a plea from the heart regarding the up and coming Birmingham Concert. I live in Glasgow and was most fortunate to see you at the Glasgow Apollo. Since then I have seen you on numerous occasions in various cities throughout the U.K and the thought of missing 'Cavaliers' live is not sitting pretty in my mind. You will probably not remember this but When you played at the a folk festival, yes a folk festival, in the outskirts of Glasgow (Castlemilk)I gave you an old scrap book at the break. When you came back on stage you thanked me for the book and the memories it provoked.
I am desperately trying to source 2 tickets for the Birmingham Concert as my brother could only recently commit to a trip south from Glasgow but alas no tickets.
Is there anything you can do to help ?
A plea from a rather desperate Sctsman.