Film Review – STARDUST (1974)

Stardust (1974; UK; Technicolor; 111m) ∗∗∗½  d. Michael Apted; w. Ray Connolly; ph. Anthony B. Richmond; m. Dave Edmunds, David Puttnam (music producers).  Cast: David Essex, Adam Faith, Larry Hagman, Ines des Longchamps, Rosalind Ayres, Marty Wilde, Edd Byrnes, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds, Paul Nicholas, Karl Howman, Richard LeParmentier, Peter Duncan, John Normington, James Hazeldine. The rise and fall of a rock singer (Essex), in the mid 60s, with his manager and his group, “The Stray Cats.”  Sequel to THAT’LL BE THE DAY is a well-made parable on the trappings of fame. Apted authentically captures the mayhem with well-staged crowd scenes. Strong performances from Faith and Hagman dominate, whilst Essex struggles manfully to convey the angst of the artist caught up in the business and media frenzy that surrounds him. [15]

Film Review – THAT’LL BE THE DAY (1973)

That’ll Be the Day (1973; UK; Technicolor; 91m) ∗∗∗  d. Claude Watham; w. Ray Connolly; ph. Peter Suschitzky; m. Neil Aspinall, Keith Moon (music supervisors).  Cast: David Essex, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Leach, James Booth, Billy Fury, Keith Moon, Rosalind Ayres, Brenda Bruce, Robert Lindsay, Verna Harvey, James Ottaway, Deborah Watling, Beth Morris, Daphne Oxenford, Kim Braden. Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine (Essex) seems to have inherited the old man’s restlessness. Director Watham mirrors the kitchen-sink dramas of the era in his approach to this episodic rights-of-passage tale. Essex creates an unlikeable central character with a colourless performance, but a strong cameo from Ringo and excellent period detail make this an interesting and authentic depiction of youth in the 1950s. It spawned a sequel, STARDUST (1974). [15]

Music News – Genesis to release new 3-CD compilation

Genesis: Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks. Photo (c) BBC.

To tie in with the reunion of the 1971-5 five-man line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford for a BBC documentary “Genesis: Together and Apart” due to be broadcast in October, the band have also announced the release of a new 3-CD compilation. The compilation will include tracks from across the band’s career including solo efforts from the five members.

The tracks will be:

Disc: 1
1. The Knife
2. The Musical Box
3. Supper’s Ready
4. The Cinema Show
5. I Know What I Like
6. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
7. Back In N.Y.C.
8. The Carpet Crawlers
9. Ace Of Wands – Steve Hackett

Disc: 2
1. Ripples
2. Afterglow
3. Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
4. Follow You Follow Me
5. For A While – Tony Banks
6. Every Day – Steve Hackett
7. Biko – Peter Gabriel
8. Turn It On Again
9. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
10. Abacab
11. Mama
12. That’s All
13. Easy Lover – Phil Collins
14. Silent Running – Mike Rutherford

Disc: 3
1. Invisible Touch
2. Land Of Confusion
3. Tonight Tonight Tonight
4. The Living Years – Mike Rutherford
5. Red Day On Blue Street – Tony Banks
6. I Can’t Dance
7. No Son Of Mine
8. Hold On My Heart
9. Over My Shoulder – Mike Rutherford
10. Calling All Stations
11. Signal To Noise – Peter Gabriel
12. Wake Up Call – Phil Collins
13. Nomads – Steve Hackett
14. Siren – Tony Banks

818bjr+dEzL._SL1500_Whilst the new logo doesn’t exactly compete with the classics, it sort of makes sense in the context of this release, by breaking the band’s name into its component parts.

I am now hoping this encourages the five-piece to reunite one more time on stage. Having seen the reunion of the Banks-Collins-Rutherford line-up at Old Trafford, Manchester in 2007, it suggested the band still had what it takes. With Collins since being hit by spinal problems restricting his drumming and Gabriel offering no hint that he is willing to commit this may be unlikely, but my fingers are crossed.