Steve Bell Band - Steve Bell Band In Concert: Each Rare Moment

Thursday 1st June 2000
Steve Bell Band - Steve Bell Band In Concert: Each Rare Moment
Steve Bell Band - Steve Bell Band In Concert: Each Rare Moment

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Signpost

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Steve Bell has been much heralded in these pages and on UCB radio simply because he is an anointed songwriter and all round good egg! It was a shrewd move for Steve to steal Bruce Cockburn's backing band and even shrewder that he recorded this live set with them! Bell's gentle folk songs take on a new life when he has the Chapman stick-playing Fergus Marsh adding some rhythmic fluidity to the proceedings. Of course adding into the mix Greg Black's sensitive drumming and the wonderful violin of Steve Marsh and this live album is cooking! The whole setting is a perfect vehicle for a run through Steve Bell's most popular songs and some examples of his dry sense of humour. It's worth buying this just to hear him tell how prisoners in a Canadian jail taught him to play guitar! Steve's trademark understated approach is well executed here with the band never crowding in too much on the gentler material. But then hearing the band in full flow on "Comfort My People" or "Hear Our Prayer" is just sheer joy but they really let loose on the encore "Deep Calls To Deep". If you haven't yet discovered Steve's integrity-filled inspiring songs, this intimate and creative setting takes them to another level.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Ready My Heart [Listen]
2. Comfort My People [Listen]
3. Burning Ember [Listen]
4. Hear Our Prayer [Listen]
5. The Wellspring/Holy Lord [Listen]
6. Wings Of An Eagle Intro [Listen]
7. Wings Of An Eagle [Listen]
8. I Feel The Winds Of God Today (Kingsfold) [Listen]
9. The Drumbeller Circle Story [Listen]
10. Drumbeller Circle [Listen]
11. Shepherd Of Life (Psalm 23) [Listen]
12. Here By The Water [Listen]
13. Come Home [Listen]
14. Deep Calls To Deep [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Katherine Crowe in Athabasca Alberta @ 03:48 on Sep 24 2008

Dear Mr. Bell
I work for an agency in Athabasca, that cares for persons with disabilities, a few years ago you were in athabasca. One of the young ladies and myself attended your concert it was around January, she said we went on a date for my birthday, anyway she heard you were coming to Edmonton and she asked me to find out when, and if you were maybe coming to Athabasca again. She talks about this concert often so if you could please let us know we could make arrangements to attend, if you are coming out this way. Sincerly Katherine Crowe

Posted by Russ in Red Bluff,CA @ 01:10 on Jul 16 2007

What an outstanding album "Steve Bell Band In Concert" The band including Hugh Marsh provide an easy listening as well as meaningful album. Well done!

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