K-Klass perform CREAM Classics @ Liverpool Cathedral
The timing of this weekend of Cream Classics is rather poignant, with Nation being bulldozed just a few days ago. But although the official farewell party was last December, this was another chance for Cream fans to celebrate the superclub – and in unique fashion.The musical soul of Manchester’s Hacienda is currently being evoked through similar events by the Manchester Camerata, while last season there was even a late night BBC Ibiza Prom – billed as “less a concert, more a dance party.” But even the splendid surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall would have trouble competing with Liverpool Cathedral. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says (as Kevin Bacon pointed out in Footloose) “there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
Which is just what the sell-out crowd did here, with the nave turned into a giant dancefloor, and the music coming not just from the DJ’s decks, but also from live vocalists – and a 60-strong Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Phil has proved on many occasions, particularly since Capital of Culture year, that it’s up for a challenge, and previous collaborations have included concerts with Echo and the Bunnymen, OMD, The Lightning Seeds and Cast. Here they were joined by Jennifer John, the Sense of Sound, and Bobbi Depasois, all in fantastic voice, to add authentic layers to the series of classic dance anthems.
The playlist has been carefully chosen by Cream veterans K-Klass, and the tricky orchestrations scored by conductor Tim Crooks. And it all came together in a spectacular whole under the cathedral’s lofty vaulted ceiling and with a dazzling, and ever changing, light show. From the opening Le Voie Le Soleil, through K-Klass’ 1993 hit Let Me Show You (Depasois recreating her original vocals), and rave classic Is There Anybody Out There? from Wirral’s finest The Bassheads, the songs merged seamlessly together, punctuated with cheers from the crowd as they recognised each one. While it was the Phil’s strings, and particularly the violins, which came over most clearly in the first part of the programme, there was some terrific brass work in Bucketheads’ The Bomb, forming an effective counterpoint to the vocals. The Phil also rocked it through Felix’s Don’t You Want Me, and there was a beautiful falling strings passage in 2 Months Off (Underworld), and a warm orchestral sound in Solarstone’s Seven Cities. Out in the nave, arms and camera phones were aloft in equal measure – and as the final strains of Massive Attack’s Unfinished Sympathy faded away, there was a roar for one more.
Aptly, it was left to Grace’s Not Over Yet to finish the evening. And it’s not – they do it all over again on Saturday night for another sell-out audience.
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