I've had Santo Spirito Blues for a few days now and I'm sitting here well after midnight watching the DVD, Bull Fighting. It is quite mesmerising and I love the theme music. Maybe I'm a little thick or just not arty enough but I don't understand the connection (or connections) between the Bullfighting DVD, the Santo Spirito DVD and the Santo Spirito Blues 13 Track CD. To me the DVDs and associated music could stand on their own in terms of concept, content, quality and art but I feel slightly let down by the music CD. Maybe it will grow on me. Quite often my favourite CR tracks are the ones that I didn't warm to instantly but grew to understand after 3 -4 runs.
Funnily enough I was watching the Documentary DVD associated with Blue Guitars earlier tonight and I couldn't help thinking that there is enough raw, slightly under developed music in that DVD to make a really interesting album in its own right. Some of the outdoor rehearsal scenes sound really "unscripted" and "ad lib". Frankly, I would love an album full of "prototypes" and jam sessions.
Front Row for Chris Rea - Festival Hall - Brisbane - Australia -1987