|Live at the Sunhouse, Phil Friendly & The Loners
Rarity Records DVD 1950
After numerous CD releases, the young rockabilly singer Phil Friendly and his competent band The Loners have released an exhilarating live DVD. The show captures their vibrant performance at the Sunhouse Theatre in Amsterdam on October 22, 2005. There are also 6 bonus videos of Phil's original compositions on this DVD and in addition to all that, Phil's 24 track CD "I Got 99 Women" is also included in the package.
The DVD starts with a rock 'n' roll promo film titled "Rarity Break" with shiny chrome, tailfins, petticoats and leather jackets. The background music of the promo is a fabulous instrumental by The Albinos.
Phil Friendly's live gig holds 21 songs and the image and sound quality are nothing less than fabulous. Phil has a beautiful voice which reminds a bit of Ricky Nelson, no wonder he starts his show with Nelson's classic "Stood Up". Phil's band, Tim van der Schoor, Alexander Loginoff and John van Houtum, are all great musicians, each with a rich musical background. I've seen these guys perform on many occasions and they're always guaranteed to tear the house down.
The band play their originals "I Got 99 Women", "Red Light", "Bye Bye, Baby, Bye Bye", "World of Pain", "Loosing Control", "A Devil Like You", "Christmas Bop", "Back Home" and a range of fabulous 50s covers from the likes of Vern Pullens, Sonny West, Burnette Brothers, Sonny Fisher, and many more.
The bonus video clips were recorded especially for this DVD at the Cruise-Inn in Amsterdam. Although these orginal songs look and sound very good, they lack the power and energy of the live show. But hey, who's complaining, this is a fantastic package (remember, you're also getting Phil's latest album FREE). Well done guys, well done Rarity Records.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2006