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David Axelrod-Live At The Royal Festival Hall-CD+DVD
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David Axelrod
Live At The Royal Festival Hall

A Grammy award-winning producer for Capitol Records who helmed dozens of great jazz, funk, and soul records during the 1960s and '70s (David, McCallum, Lou Rawls, Stan Kenton, the Electric Prunes, Cannonball Adderley…), DAVID AXELROD also forged a distinctive musical style while recording several of the most eccentric albums of the '70s. His music was rediscovered in the 90’s, and has been sampled by key hip-hop artists such as Dr.Dre, DJ Shadow, or Lauryn Hill.
This Vampisoul release offers you his very first UK orchestral performance, live at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Both formats, audio CD and double LP, come together with a DVD of the show itself!

More info, taken from Dean Rudland’s liner notes...

IT WAS A MAGICAL NIGHT… The Royal Festival Hall is one of Britain's modernist architectural triumphs, a stunning monument to the post war resilience that the future would be a better place. It sits on the banks of the Thames between Waterloo and Hungerford Bridge, and from its balconies you can see two of London's most enduring traditional sights, Big Ben and the massive dome of St. Paul's cathedral. It reflects London's appetite for its past, present and the future, and as such was a perfect place for David Axelrod to play his debut concert in the UK. If asked, David will tell you how much he loves London. Claiming that if he had been a younger man, it would be the one place that he'd up and move to from his native Los Angeles. But you'd probably doubt him since David is as 100% L.A. as the Hollywood sign or the Capitol Records Tower where he spent so much of his life recording.

In recent years, David Axelrod's work has broken out of its cult status to become a worldwide phenomenon, but its popularity rests on those who championed him from the very beginning. Those who view his 1960s and 1970s recordings as the height of cosmic orchestrated jazz music, ripe for beat mining (read Hip Hop) and late night listening sessions. Then there are the hip rock fans who see his work with the Electric Prunes and by extension, his Capitol albums, as the epitome of stoned space rock. Both groups invest an almost mystical sense of musical exploration to the work of David Axelrod. As news of the concert spread, it became one of the must see shows of the year. The venue was full, bulging at the seams, with collectors, DJs, recording artists and TV personalities, all desperate not to miss David's first UK concert. DJ Shadow, the bloke from the hit TV comedy "The Office," virtually every artist who had released a record on Mo Wax and Jerry Dammers from the Specials, check, check and double check!

The show opens with what sounds like an Axelrod classic, but is in fact, a re-composition specifically written for the show, the Rolling Stones "Paint it Black." "How could I come to England and not pay tribute to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?" explained David. And sure enough, the show's closing moment is dedicated to Lennon and McCartney's "Norwegian Wood," sealing the overall unique experience of Axe's evening. In between, for the best part of an hour and a half, we were treated to an incredible selection of David Axelrod's music, mainly taken from his work on the William Blake inspired albums "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience." Bringing these creations back to the home of their inspiration, within a river's width of the Strand where Blake studied at the Royal Academy in the 1770s. The surprise of the evening came from David's special guest, who crept up on David as he was being introduced. Richard Ashcroft's group The Verve used to air the Electric Prunes Axelrod composition "Holy Are You" over the sound system as the introduction music to their shows. So it was only fitting that he came to pay tribute at David's concert.

As it started, no sooner was it over. A once in a lifetime opportunity for the 2000 plus fans, there was no doubt that this was a success. Before the night was through, internet message boards bubbled over with no end of superlatives to describe what had occurred. Backstage at the Hall the adrenalin boost from the show seemed to have diminished any remains of David's virus as he chatted with a barrage of admirers. It had been for Axelrod "One hell of a show!"    


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