Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
A tremendous performance
Mark Hazell | Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada | 03/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I admit it -- I'm prejudiced when it comes to the Sons. Ever since I first saw them in the fall of 1965 I have always felt they were/are one of the best live bands in the world. This DVD provides an excellent introduction for those who haven't had the opportunity to see them play (those who have been to recent gigs probably already own the DVD). Recorded about six dates into a short tour in early 2002, SECRET features great performances of material from Loosen Up Naturally, Welcome to the Dance, and a couple of the band's other albums from the mid 70's. The playing is phenomenal throughout -- my only wish is that more of the concert was included, especially a great reading of Percy Mayfield's "Danger Zone". If you like Dr. John, Little Feat, Tower of Power and so on, do yourself a favor and buy this DVD -- you won't be disappointed."
Prepare to have your mind blown.
Mark Hazell | Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada | 03/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most people in Canada have never heard of the Sons of Champlin, let alone had the opportunity to see them play. Initially formed in 1965 in Marin County, California, the Sons were a mainstay of the San Francisco ballroom scene in the late 60's through the mid-70's. Highly regarded by their peers, the band "answered the phone when opportunity knocked" and as a result never achieved much commercial success. Lead singer Bill Champlin left the band in 1977, and went on to a successful career as a studio musician and, since 1981, as a member of Chicago. The band reformed in 1997 and has managed to play a few gigs each year since then -- given the demands on the various members schedules, whenever the planets and stars to line up perfectly. Secret is a partial record of a
February 2002 concert, and it shows the Sons in fine form. Dennis Cook, in a review of a February 2004 performance had the following to say: The impression might be, and I myself held it before coming to this show, that this is an oldies band. Instead, think of them as existing outside of time, carrying these songs around to those that need to hear them. Combining a '60s exploratory bent with intricate arrangements, this is what pop music might have been had it not dissolved into the shock and awe pabulum of today. Discovering the Sons of Champlin is like finding money in an old coat pocket when you're really broke. Or discovering a new author who makes you cry in only a few paragraphs because your heart has been split open wide. To know this band, to resist cynicism and believe their message that time will bring you love, is to receive a gift, a smile wrangled into notation, the intangible joy of music at its best and brightest."
Now I understand!!!
laurie Atlas | geelong australia | 03/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am new to the band 'Sons of Champlin' infact I might very well be the only guy in Australia who has this DVD. I discovered them because I am a huge Bill Champlin fan and I discovered him because of his great work with my favourite band 'Chicago'.What do I now understand? I understand that Chicago' are the only other band that are worthy of the fine talents of Bill Champlin. The ' Sons of Champlin' appear to be much like 'Chicago' were when they first began:a kind of jazz fusion funky way ahead of their time band with brass.It appears to me though while 'Chicago ' evolved into a hit making commercial outfit 'The Sons of Champlin' stayed the same. Hey look I'm not judging you guys but it seems Chicago had a slightly better handle on what sells records. I love both bands now thanks to this DVD but back to the major reason why:Bill you are one in a thousand million and whether you are solo ,playing with the great 'Chicago' or gigging with what is clearly your first love 'The Sons of Champlin' you are always a legend. Please keep doing all three because whatever it is I love your work.This DVD is highly recommended"