Edgar Broughton

At Rockpalast

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Marking the Broughtons‘ 2006 return to action, this German television broadcast could easily have descended into the realms of simple nostalgia; another bunch of oldies playing another pile of old songs. Although Broughton himself is getting on in years, and although the repertoire is nailed firmly to the band's early-'70s heyday, he instead updates everything that the original band stood for, musically and politically.

"American Boy Soldier," a lament for the Vietnam war that has been ruthlessly updated for more recent conflicts, is one case in point; "Home Fit for Heroes," "Refugee," and "Hotel Room" likewise. But of course it is the closing "Out Demons Out" that really sets the adrenalin surging; always a prayer, always a mantra, it is now a statement of both intent and belief, simultaneously moving the audience and removing the obstacles that political and social conditioning normally place in our path. It's a phenomenal performance, topping a remarkable recording, all the more so since recent years have seen Broughton fans treated to some truly amazing archive recordings of their heroes at the height of their fame (the Keep Them Freaks A Rollin' live album, and a DVD of European TV performances are included). To say At Rockpalast is as good as any of them indicates just what a magnificent show this was.

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