Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10
In a world that is slowly being preserved in amber, from a period when a hit single truly meant something and was as precious as a polished gem, to have three members of the same band not only on stage and singing with the serenity of a bird that is free to look down from edge of space and see nothing but the Universe’s wide mouth expectation above it, but also doing it with ease, friendliness and smiles, it is enough to give hope to an audience that has seen so many of its traditions fall aside and be swept away by the modern age.
Not everything that came after World War Two was honest and guilt free but the sound of Brian Poole And The Tremeloes was one such moment that still resonates down through the decades in its sheer endeavour to put a smile on the face of the crowd and to make them whisper the name with soft overtones of respect and value.
With Chip Hawkes, Dave Munden and Brian Poole on stage at the Philharmonic Hall, something was put right, something that saw the band rightly play the clubs in the city but never the big venue, the sea of adoration looking them in the face and the swell of love that comes from an honest appraisal of music; this was the night they deserved at the Philharmonic Hall where their lyrics and combined voices were crowned in the time honoured tradition of musical excellence.
The hits is what the three gentlemen promised and the hits is what the Philharmonic Hall audience received, with a large smile, with compliments and memory, it is always good every now and then to stick to a promise. The songs Here Comes My Baby, Twist And Shout, Suddenly You Love Me, My Little Lady, the phantom beauty of Silence is Golden, Do You Love Me and Call Me Number One were played with distinction by the backing band and the esteemed measure of the vocals were as true as a George Washington confession, just more remarkable and thrilling.
In Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, the Philharmonic Hall had its standard bearers for the evening and it was one of those moments in which any audience member would love to relive; 60s gold, platinum and silver, the precious metallic stars of a great musical heritage.
Ian D. Hall