1988-09-08 (1st show) (WITH CORKY LAING ALL-STARS), NYC, Lone Star Roadhouse
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
Another show with the Corky Laing All-Stars, a few months after the Bridgeport, CT shows. Vocalist Lester Chambers (of The Chambers Brothers) really takes control of the stage in these NYC shows.
The funk and R&B is flowing hard in this set, and it should also be of great historical interest to those who are interested in Eric Clapton and how Mick Taylor interfaces with EC-associated material.
Both guitarists take solos here, it's usually easy to tell MT's style from another player's.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Lester Chambers' vocal is distractingly good on both of these, the guitars largely just funk-out on the rhythm.
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Mick Taylor cites Steve Cropper as a major influence, and it's a real thrill to hear MT do a solo on this Otis Redding classic. Of course, Redding died before this melancholy song's release, and it has to be poignant for musicians to play this song knowing the additional fame Redding would have experienced, had he lived.
Baby What You Want Me to Do
You can always tell when Mick Taylor is playing rhythm, and this is a foreshadowing of what he would play with Ronnie Wood during the Jimmy Reed tribute shows in 2013.
Hear Mick Taylor solo on Politician. Enough said.
For those interested in hearing all the surprisingly rare "overlap" situations between Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor, this one is a must.
Five Long Years
A standard Blues, also associated with Clapton, Buddy Guy and of course with its original author Eddie Boyd.
The guitarists take turns on this fast-paced version to close out the first show.