Syndicate mainman delivers his umpteenth live recording…
By Fred Mills
Ah, today’s morning mail was sweet – among the arrivals was Live in Brussels by Steve Wynn
(accompanied by the Dragon Bridge Orchestra, a/k/a members of his band the
Miracle 3 plus Chris Eckman, Chris Cacavas and Rodrigo D’Erasmo. It’s a 2-CD,
1-DVD set chronicling Wynn’s Crossing
Dragon Bridge (review of the studio album HERE) show in Brussels last October.
We’ll be having a full run-down on the album soon, but
meanwhile, here’s what the Wynn camp had to say about it as posted at his
official website (where you can, of course, order it along with numerous other
Wynn mail-order only releases):
Crossing Dragon Bridge itself was different from anything Steve
had done before. There were strings, choirs, mellotron and more unexpected
elements that gave the record a quiet, acoustic, melancholic sound. A very
important contribution came from Chris Eckman who not only produced and
engineered the record but also played many of the parts along with Steve in his
studio. From the earliest talk of a tour to support the album it was essential
that Chris be part of the live show. But the big surprise comes from Rodrigo
D’Erasmo, unknown to many of you but a member of one of Italy’s biggest bands, After Hours.
The show was recorded on October 2 at
the Ancienne Belgique, one of the best clubs in Europe
and one of Steve’s favorite venues in the world. The audio and video facilities
at this club are second to none and the show was captured in style. Naturally,
much of CDB is represented here and taken to new levels but you can also expect
to hear old favorites as well as unexpected buried treasures from Steve’s
career. Songs like “Boston,”
“That’s What You Always Say” (reconfigured as almost a chamber orchestra
piece!) and “Amphetamine” site side by side with “Tears Won’t Help,” “Here On
Earth As Well” and “Silence Is Your Only Friend.” Even the most familiar songs
sound unlike they ever have before.
Boy howdy to that last part. We’re listening to the rec right now. A fine
way to start the weekend. Meanwhile, don’t forget about that upcoming concert where Wynn and band will be covering the entire second Dream Syndicate album.
Be there or be square.
Wynn & Miracle 3 in Italy
doing “500 Girl Mornings” w/a young guest: