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Chris Barber: Can’t Stop Now (European Tour 2007)

Notwithstanding the parenthetical subtitle and the boldface claim in the press release that this album was “recorded live during his European Tour in 2007,” Can’t Stop Now is a grab-bag of Chris Barber recordings, the bulk of which were recorded at British concerts in Newport in February 2006 and Buxton in November 2006, with a couple dating back to the 1980s. The title song, apparently inspired by the 76-year-old Barber’s reply to Eric Clapton’s query about how long he could go on performing, appears to have been specially written by Graham Lyle and Richard Simmons, and is the only track to date from 2007. Boasting a throaty Barber vocal, it starts things off in something of a pop style that is continued with a 1986 or 1988 (the annotations are contradictory) performance of the Barber original “Music From the Land of Dreams.”

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