In short: Australia's greatest singer in a welcome return.
These songs are some of the best of the best - being interpreted by one of the world's best. Parkinson's voice is a booming national treasure which has been too seldom recorded.
It is more than 35 years since his barnstorming rock classic, Without You, wilted the tinny speakers of leather-bound transistor radios of another age. Things have changed. But the teak-tough larynx still issues a rumbling warning to some of the most revered songs written (The Look of Love, Try a Little Tenderness, If You Go Away, Somewhere). Two deserve special notice: a brave jazz reworking of Norwegian Wood that rates among the best Beatles covers; and Nature Boy, beautifully sung, but Parkinson has told the extraordinary story of this extraordinary song in thoughtful, comprehensive cover notes. Bill Risby (piano) and Gordon Rytmeister (drums) forge the robust architecture of the songs. PETE BEST~Sunday Herald Sun-May 15, 2005.
Soul virtuoso Doug Parkinson returns to Tilleys to launch his sensational new show `Somewhere After Midnight.
The multi award winning vocalist has just released a stunning album of the same name, his first for many years, and the new work will be showcased for the first time during his forthcoming appearance.
The album contains brand new arrangements of timeless classics spanning several decades, delivered by the man acclaimed for his riveting stage presence and `straight from the heart delivery.
Doug will be accompanied on stage by one of Australia s hottest rhythm sections, a virtual who s who of contemporary session musicians.
The hits that made him a household name will also be showcased. `Dear Prudence , `I ll Be Around , and the haunting `Unchained Melody .
Throw in a tribute to the `Genius Ray Charles, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable in-concert experience.
But its all about the voice.
The soulful, incredible voice that has made Doug Parkinson part of our musical heritage, one of the main players and musical mainstays and one of Australia s most popular performers.
Saturday 8 October 2005
Soul virtuoso Doug Parkinson returns to Tilley's to launch his sensational new show 'Somewhere After Midnight'.