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Friday 13 April 2012

Prophesyin' - It's Like Testifyin' But Better

Normally I avoid the dreadful tourist trap that is Camden like the plague, but me and my old pal Mister F are going to be regulars up there over the next few weeks. Next week we are off to see Dave Alvin at the Jazz Cafe, and the week after it is the Monochrome Set at Dingwalls.

I am looking forward to both of those gigs but they are going to have to go some to beat last night's effort at Dingwalls: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express. Over the best part of two hours they gave us what I can only inadequately describe as a bloody fantastic rock 'n roll show. Support was from Danny and the E Street Band Champions of the World. They weren't bad at all, but Chuck and the gang blew them - and us - away.

Chuck's new album, 'Temple Beautiful', is pretty awesome as well. Being people of discernment and taste I assume you have it already - if not you need to put that right - so rather than featuring any tracks from that album, here are some personal favourites from his back catalogue. None of them got played last night, but you can't have everything.

"What It Takes" - Chuck Prophet (from "Feast of Hearts", 1995)

"Age Of Miracles" - Chuck Prophet (from "Age of Miracles", 2004)

"110° in the Shade" - Chuck Prophet (from "Balinese Dancer", 1992)

"Age of Miracles" is quite an appropriate title for a man called Prophet. Here is another man known for his miracles.


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