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Record Mirror - April 6th, 1974 Courtesy of Linda Crafar

The Cat's Back

By Chris Poole

It has been two years since Mr. Stevens last graced an English stage, so imagine the rapturous reception he got on his return to London at the Drury Lane Theatre last week.

He surprised the audience by walking onto the darkened stage and going straight into Wild World from the Tea For The Tillerman album, good it was too. The band consisted of Jean Roussell on keyboards, Alun Davies on acoustic guitar, Gerry Conway on drums, Bruce Lynch bass and Larry Steele on congas and electric guitar.

They looked quite well too through lots of oldies including Lady D'Arbanville. After about forty minutes Linda Lewis walked on stage and there was a change around in the band with Max Middleton on piano, Bruce Lynch on bass and Linda’s old man Jim Cregan on lead guitar.

Linda was great, but I do find her habit of switching through her entire range in the course of one song a little irritating. If she settled down a bit and decided on the mood of the song she was singing and stuck to it she would be great. She has a lovely warmth, which was entirely lost on the audience, more’s the pity.

Back came Mr. Stevens to rapturous applause and more oldies tempered with numbers from The Foreigner and Buddha and The Chocolate Box Including his new single Oh Very Young.

As the second encore Sad Lisa drew to an end I couldn’t help wondering if he would have done so well had he played more new material?







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