Saturday, October 27, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: BURTON CUMMINGS - MASSEY HALL
It's hit after hit after hit. As the lead singer for all them, Cummings has the strong 70's material to draw on, songs you normally don't hear a lot of, since the late 60's cuts get more attention these days. Aside from the relative lightweight Clap For The Wolfman (still, rather catchy), there's real quality to Star Baby, Albert Flasher, Running Back To Saskatoon, and even Guns Guns Guns is a good surprise here. Cummings also represents his solo hits well. Stand Tall is a little soft, but what a great vocal. I'm Scared comes over very well, and Timeless Love is an underrated gem.
He also has a crack band with him, in the past referred to as The Carpet Frogs, and featuring Ron Sexsmith regular Tim Bovaconti on lead guitar. And Cummings hasn't lost a note in range, somehow still exactly the same tremendous singer he's been since the start. Speaking of which, all those favourites are here as well: These Eyes, Undun, Laughing, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, and of course, American Woman. Never once does Cummings sound like he's going through the motions on these nearly fifty-year-old hits, getting close to half the age of the venerable hall the shows come from. There are only two cuts from that most recent disc, Above The Ground, but they sound really good here, and I would happily go see those show live.