Review ~ Sheer class from Elkie Brooks

Elkie Brooks.  Photo: Greg Daly

Elkie Brooks. Photo: Greg Daly

A member of the audience summed it all up in one sentence when he shouted out “Elkie, you are sheer class!”

The Elkie Brooks concert at the Corn Exchange on Friday was absolute magic. At the age of 68 she has obviously been taking good care of her voice, which is just as husky and powerful as ever. Some of the notes she held seemed to last an eternity, and would put many of today’s younger singers to shame.

Elkie Ticket

During the first half she eased her way through some of her classics: Warm and Tender Love, an upbeat version of Fool If You Think its Over, Sunshine After The Rain and Lilac Wine. The performance was interspersed with a few new songs from her latest album, Powerless, which has been re-released to coincide with her autobiography.

Each song ended in rapturous applause from a very appreciative, mainly middle-aged audience, who obviously adored her to bits. I thought her rendition of the Sixties anthem Nights in White Satin sounded even better than her original recording.

Credit must be given to Elkie’s “world class” backing band. They alone would have been worth paying tickets for. Rufus Ruffell picked out some raunchy guitar riffs, while Andrew Murray created some magical sounds on the keyboard and Steve Jones moody solos on sax were just out of this world.

During the second half, Elkie and her band stepped up a gear and went into blatant Rock and Blues mode with hand clapping versions of Pearls A Singer and Road House Blues. Elkie rounded up with three tracks from her latest album, I Can’t Make You Love Me, the title track Powerless and Purple Rain. Trhe last song of the evening was an emotional rendering of Bob Seger’s We’ve Got Tonight.

Listen to Elkie Sharing a Joke with the audience

Reviewed by John Beck

Our Interview with Elkie

 

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