Clubroom at The GC at The German Club, Fri 16 Feb.
[MUSIC – VIC]
Two years ago RetroSpectrum at The GC saw Mike Rudd perform songs from a long illustrious career in rock outfits Spectrum, The Indelible Murtceps, Ariel and others in solo acoustic format, with a few songs embellished with loop pedal and upright bass. Last year the concept had grown into an acoustic trio with accordion and upright bass, and this year Mike returns with 1st Base in Life After Life, featuring George Butrumlis on piano accordion and Jeremy Alsop on bass.
In the intimacy of the Clubroom these gentlemen, seated throughout, lead us through a generous few hours of exquisitely arranged Rudd material. For someone who likes to joke about being a one hit wonder with THAT song, there is a wealth of fine music on display tonight. Again there is the retrospective approach, some early highlights including Love’s My Bag, and a delightfully gypsy feel given by George to Superbody which blended in well with Mike’s recorder solo.
Several Ariel songs were given an airing, a selection from the A Strange Fantastic Dream album including Jamaican Farewell which were carried off with panache. Once again, many highlights came from later material – San Andreas, Having A Wonderful Time, (I Cannot) Look At The Moon and the gorgeous Brazilian-flavoured instrumental Manuela. There are still one or two songs that Rudd wilfully includes to unsettle things (Excuse Me One Moment) which he could afford to resist, but soon forgotten as more gems Esmerelda, My Dad Said, and the song put to Bill Putt’s posthumously found lyric It’s A Lottery rounded out the show.
We were treated to three versions of I’ll Be Gone, which might seem excessive, but they were different enough to earn their place. The B version in particular allowed this line-up to breathe new expression into a familiar tune.
The spillage of sound from other rooms at The GC detracted a little on occasion, but that was not the fault of the act on stage. Long may this incarnation of Mike Rudd music continue!
Mike Rudd’s 1st Base in Life After Life continues at The Clubroom at The GC at The German Club from 8.30pm on Sat 17 Feb.
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