Chris Thompson Rounds Up His Concert Circle

Retirement has become a running joke for many a rocker, yet some of them take their age seriously and, loath to present less than stellar performances to the listener, quit the stage while they’re ahead. One of these veterans is Chris Thompson, a British husky-throated singer mostly associated with MANFRED MANN‘S EARTH BAND – with whom he recorded a string of hits-comprising albums, from 1976’s "The Roaring Silence" onwards – the international smash “You’re The Voice” that he cowrote, and delivering “The Phantom Of The Opera” in duet with Sarah Brightman. Of course, there’s much more to his career – yet Chris seems to stop producing studio works, his latest original platter being 2014’s "Toys & Dishes" and his last official release, "Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection" from 2015, simply collecting Thompson’s previously issued cuts. However, a few days ago digital platforms introduced the warbler’s farewell offering.

Its title saying all, “The Final Round – Live” finds the 75-year-old belting out his best numbers before the audience Chris is ready to say goodbye to and focusing on his former ensemble’s classics to which Thompson adds his solo standouts “Whole Lot To Give” and “Woe Is Me” that shine in concert. At the moment, there’s no word on a hard-media release, so streaming is a no-brainer.

The Final Round – Live

1. Waiter There’s A Yawn In My Ear
2. Demolition Man
3. You Angel You
4. Angels At My Gate
5. Messin’
6. For You
7. Father Of Day
8. Martha’s Madman
9. Woe Is Me
10. Chicago Institute
11. Whole Lot To Give
12. Buddha
13. Don’t Kill It Carol
14. Blinded By The Light
15. Drum Solo / For You (reprise)
16. The Mighty Quinn
17. You’re The Voice
18. Davy’s On The Road Again

December 31, 2023

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