Review for Another side of Roxy

Review by René Bosman (Switch to

Volume 8 in Nippon Crown's Todd Archive series is called "Another Side of Roxy", containing selections from 10 Roxy performances in August, 1978. The cd encloses 15 tracks released first in between 1972 and 1978, Todd's most creative and most productive period in writing, recording and performing music. Allthough I don't know what the Roxy is like, the sound recordings breath the atmosphere of a late evening concert with a small audience in an intimate place. This may have to do with the audience mixed way in the back, but it's certainly due to the choice of the song material, consisting of short, mostly mellow songs like "It wouldn't have made any difference", the medley "I'm So Proud--La La Means I Love You--I Saw The Light" and "The verb to love". Still Another side of Roxy wouldn't have any surplus value for the collectionist if it contained only these evergreens, which are present on almost any of Todd's live albums. The only reason for buying the cd is it contains some rarely brought out live tracks from the 1978 album Hermit of Mink Hollow like "Determination", "You cried wolf" and the beautiful "Bread". The tracklist also contains a brilliant version of "Lord Chancellor's nightmare song", never thought it'd be possible to perform this song live so well. Another surprise is the presence of "Lady face", a song written by keyboardplayer Moogy Klingman, making Another side of Roxy a real collector all in all.

René Bosman, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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