DVD Review: Henrik Freischlader Band – Show No 47

Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012

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Henrik Freischlader Band – Show No 47

(Cable Car Records: CCR 0311-38)

Here’s a fine 2-disc record of “Show No 47” from the Henrik Freischlader Band’s tour in support of their breakthrough album, “Still Frame Replay”, recorded live in Arnsberg on 21st May, 2011 . . . a two-hour plus selection comprising of tracks from the afore-mentioned album, and a few covers.

It’s filmed with no distracting fancy camera work or effects, and quite simply lets the music do the talking as German guitar maestro Freischlader and his fine band royally entertain the crowd in a small club. Apart from Henrik Freischlader on guitar and vocals, the band comprises: Moritz Fuhrop (Hammond C-3 and keyboards), Bjorn Kruger (drums and backing vocals) and Theofilos Fotiadis (bass and backing vocals).

Freischlader appears to be a very humble, self-effacing and softly spoken guy – although he does get a few-between song laughs, but however it’s all in German, so unless you speak that you won’t be able to relate to it . . . however the songs are all sung in English.

As for the music itself, it’s uniformly terrific . . . although Freischlader gets put into the blues/rock category and was inspired to pick up a guitar by the playing of the late Gary Moore, he has a lot more than that in his locker, with some lovely pure blues soloing, and soul, funk and jazzy colourings.

Highlights over the two discs include a lovely nod to the great Peter Green on his timeless “I Loved Another Woman”, the ‘naughty’ funk of “What’s My Name”, and possible, best of all, the quite glorious blues ballad “The Memory Of  Our Love”, with some stunning guitar work from Freischlader, sympathetically backed by his fine band, as he is all through the show.

He takes on the Etta James classic “I’d Rather Go Blind” in fine style; with a closing double blast of Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” and “Foxy Lady” . . . all beautifully and simply performed and lapped up the crowd. A great added feature is the bonus “Still Frame Impressions” – a 38 minute ‘on the road’ feature, which captures all the band backstage, travelling, etc. – complete with English sub-titles.

A perfect accompaniment to the recorded works of this excellent musician and band, and it comes highly recommended!




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