Tom Robinson

Motorway

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This live album chronicles the "ten years later" 1989 reunion of the Tom Robinson Band for a European tour. Robinson (bass, lead vocals) is joined by Danny Kustow on lead guitar, Mark Ambler on keyboards, and Steve Creese (replacing Dolphin Taylor) on drums. The set list covers the TRB's hits and familiar songs, of course, but, not surprisingly, given the topical and political nature of Robinson's material, some updating has taken place. For example, "The Winter of ‘79" is actually sung as "The Winter of '89," and most of the lyrics have been revamped to reflect recent events: the fall of the Berlin Wall, etc. Robinson prefaces "Glad to Be Gay" by noting that, although he has turned 40 and become a father, the message remains the same, then sings a version that takes into account the AIDS crisis. After the inevitable "2-4-6-8 Motorway," the show ends with two post-TRB Robinson solo hits, his collaboration with Peter Gabriel, "Atmospherics: Listen to the Radio" and "War Baby." A product of the budget-priced Magnum Music Group through its Music De Luxe imprint, this is not a high-quality release, but the sound is adequate, and Robinson fans will welcome having an aural document of the 1989 reunion tour.