Subject: DEEP BENEATH THE WAVES vol 56 Date: Fri, 30 May 1997 22:58:59 -0400 BIG BOB & HOLDING COMPANY 1CD (HD-9603D) 29 Jun 96 Prince's Trust Hyde Park, UK + 2 Sept 95 R&R HOF Cleveland + Frank Sinatra tribute Tracks: 11 Time: 70 Source: Stereo TV Broadcasts Quality: Excellent An outstanding Japanese release containing the complete broadcast portion of Bob's set from the Prince's Trust Concert in magnificent quality. With special guests Ron Wood and Al Kooper, Bob proceeds to blister through Leopard Skin, Silvio & Highway 61 w/unbridled energy and clear, precise vocal flair. Leopard Skin is particularly tasteful, what with Kooper's killer piano fills and Bob's harp blowin' through the park like there's no tomorrow. A killer blues rock stomper it is. Tom Thumb is enlivened by Kooper's organ and Bucky's distinctive steel, while the lyrics brought a tear to my eye: ....I cannot move so good, my fingers are all in a knot I don't have the strength To get up and take another shot And my best friend, my doctor Won't even tell me what it is I got (Funny how I was compelled to keep playing that verse over and over, despite the fact that I was getting progressively sadder w/each play, imagining Bob in the hospital & having no control over the situation). Positively 4th is also performed with gusto and takes on an even greater poignancy due to the events of late. The quality is perfect and Bob is in excellent voice. A shame they decided not to air Tangled & Don't Think 2X from the acoustic set. Also axed were Watchtower and 7Days w/Wood on vocals. Thus far, this CD is the only release of the 5 broadcast trax. The R&R HOF trax have been reviewed ad nauseum and released on many other disks, as has the "Restless Farewell" from Sinatra. IMO, the HOF trax are found in better quality on Pledging My Time, while the "RF" on this collection is in pristine, crystal clear quality and is as good as it gets. Some lines from the last verse of "Restless Farewell" seem oh so timely: "Oh a false clock tries to tick out my time To disgrace, distract, and bother me. And the dirt of gossip blows into my face And the dust of rumor covers me........ So I'll make my stand And remain as I am And bid farewell and not give a damn" (Here's to bidding farewell to that hospital bed!!!) One final note-unlike a lot of Japanese releases, this one is stunning w/a gorgeous color cover, interesting graphics and a clear tray w/photo behind. The back cover is graced with a wonderful color pic of Bob & Ron Wood.