Billy Fury

Last Concert

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This CD of Billy Fury's final concert, which took place at the Fiesta, the Sunnyside, in Northhampton in December of 1982, isn't too much better than a bootleg in quality. The indistinct sound, drawn from a variety of audience tape sources, is a problem, but Fury was just strong enough a singer to carry the 47 minutes of music here despite those shortcomings. He goes through his own hits, among them "Halfway to Paradise" (marred by considerable distortion) and "I Will," as well as covering Elvis Presley's first single, a rendition of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right," and he finishes with "Johnny B. Goode" -- there are no credits for the bandmembers backing him up. A second bonus disc consists of rare demos from late in Fury's career -- the voice is still very powerful and even old chestnuts such as "My Baby Left Me" seem fresh in his hands; he fares less well on country numbers like "Wedding Bells," and the poor audio quality of certain songs, such as "Heartbeat" make this disc, likes its companion, only suitable for hardcore fans.