Live: Summer 2003

Live: Summer 2003

by Robbie Williams
     
 

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From most accounts, Robbie Williams' appearance at Knebworth over three August nights in 2003 wasn't just the largest concert in British music history (reportedly 375,000 attended over the course of the weekend), but a display of Williams' mastery over an audience and a confirmation that, American listeners aside, he's one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Live…  See more details below

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From most accounts, Robbie Williams' appearance at Knebworth over three August nights in 2003 wasn't just the largest concert in British music history (reportedly 375,000 attended over the course of the weekend), but a display of Williams' mastery over an audience and a confirmation that, American listeners aside, he's one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Live at Knebworth followed just two months later, a 72-minute collection from his two-hour live extravaganza. While the audio document isn't nearly as exciting as the live experience that made fans gush, the disc does transmit the massive amounts of energy at a Robbie Williams concert. Opening with his anthem "Let Me Entertain You" (as he always does), Williams keeps the crowd hanging on his every note, changing lyrics to fit the venue, indulging in his usual blend of faux arrogance and self-deprecation, and coaxing the audience on during every song ("show me love, Knebworth!"). However, what could have been an excellent look at Britain's foremost pop entertainer in action is marred by its focus on material from his dreadful fifth album, Escapology. After a splendid beginning (including a brief flirtation with Queen's "We Will Rock You"), Williams performs four consecutive songs from Escapology: "Monsoon," "Come Undone," "Me and My Monkey" (which drags on for over seven minutes), and "Hot Fudge." The compilers found room to fit in two of his biggest songs ("Angels," "Kids"), but apparently didn't think superior hits like "Rock DJ," "Millennium," or "No Regrets" (all of which he performed at the show) needed to appear on this disc. A solid live album with the exception of the gaping hole in its midsection, Live at Knebworth is a missed opportunity, one that Chrysalis will hopefully rectify within a few years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724359464329
catalogNumber:
594643

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Williams   Primary Artist
Maxton G. Beesley   Percussion,Piano,Group Member
Dave Bishop   Flute,Saxophone,Brass,Group Member
Simon Gardner   Trumpet,Brass,Group Member
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals,Group Member
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals,Group Member
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone,Brass,Group Member
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Brass,Group Member
Paul Spong   Trumpet,Brass,Group Member
Yolanda Charles   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Mark Plati   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Chris White   Flute,Saxophone,Brass,Group Member
Melvin Duffy   Slide Guitar,Group Member
Claire Worrall   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Gary Nuttall   Guitar,Group Member
Chris Shamrock   Drums,Group Member
Neil Taylor   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Brian May   Composer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Karl Wallinger   Composer
Robbie Williams   Composer
Will Shapland   Engineer
Sean Gleason   Cover Photo
Boots Ottestad   Composer
Burrell Durrant Hifle   Art Direction
Martin Wareing   Monitor Engineer

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