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ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 3 – 210

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ABWH Live with Tony Levin

I finally finish my listing to the Live at the NEC collection this week and Mark Anthony K goes on a journey to the centre of the world with Rick Wakeman!

  • What is the Bruford-Levin duet actually like?
  • Can we ignore the electronic drums?
  • Is this collection worth buying overall?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!


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7 replies on “ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 3 – 210”

Kevin, interesting comments on this AWBH Live – will have to try to check it out, like you I am not a great fan of electronic drums…I wonder why Bill Bruford was?

I recently saw the new film called “Youth” with Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine, excellent film but with a bit of a surprise about 10 minutes in when an acoustic guitar plays a familiar tune and then the guy playing starts to sing.

You will be amazed and delighted…

If you really cannot wait to know what the song is, click this link to the imdb of the soundtrack and look at the first track

If you really are not going to watch the film then check out the song here:

Thanks again, Paul. Bill was a really passionate champion of electronic drums. I remember him on a children’s programme in the early 1980s talking about them and demonstrating them. I think it was mostly to do with the melodic possibilities – he wanted to play melodies on them.

Thanks also for the film links. Wow! That is a seriously underrated song and a great version!

Enjoyed your review very much! It’s funny–the electronic drum sound never bothered me, but I understand why many (yourself included) don’t care for it. Also, I think the blast of electric guitar at the end of the Bruford-Levin duet is Levin. He used the Chapman stick for that duet, which would enable him to get a wide range of sounds–including that guitar burst.

Another note of interest is the running order. On my CD label, Order of the Universe is between Heart of the Sunrise and Roundabout (its proper place on the set list), For some reason, though, it’s on the actual CD as the last track. Not sure why the CD pressing put it last, but it did.

Thanks Kevin. That electric guitar comment makes a lot of sense. Yes the CD running order seems totally wrong. Not a top quality packing in several ways!

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