Category Archives: GO WEST
Still, while leading beyond the obvious hits such as “The King Of Wishful Thinking” which many remember from the “Pretty Woman” movie, this concert reveals a degree of homogeneity to the GO WEST oeuvre, even though the funky “SOS” and “Innocence” rock the house, and “I Want To Hear It” is quite an athletic exercise, Cox’s grip on a microphone stand as firm as it is on the listeners in front of him. The band wring every sinew from their instruments and Drummie switches between keyboard and guitar to add texture to it all, yet, if not for a jazz piano “Missing Persons” could have test a non-initiated patience, unlike “The Sun And The Moon” that’s evoking the spirit of Otis Redding, and “What You Won’t Do For Love” that’s part of a “guilty pleasure” ministry. And there’s nothing wrong with it, as the cover of “Tracks Of My Tears” suggests: GO WEST still are the life of the party.
DMME.net (September 2016)
This lengthy concert features seventeen tracks and presents the duo and their backing band playing for over seventy-eight minutes. This double disc set contains the audio from the concert as well as a DVD for those wanting the complete experience. Tracks that will definitely take fans back include “Don’t Look Down,” “Goodbye Girl,” “Innocence,” and “The King of Wishful Thinking.”
babysue (August 2016)
Playing live was and still is the core to this band’s continuing existence and this release, on a combined CD and DVD package, captures the band playing live in a sold out show at the Robin 2 in Bilston during 2003. The set list that night included their hits ‘Don’t Look Down’, ‘Faithful’, ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’, ‘Goodbye Girl’, ‘Call Me’, ‘We Close Are Eyes’, ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ and ‘The King Of Wishful Thinking’.
Bev Bevan, Sunday Mercury (July 2016)
Live Robin 2-2003, a CD/DVD set, captures the band in a small, intimate setting during a reunion show. Unlike many bands of the era, it’s obvious that Go West was a real band; Cox singing with a passion and a strength that wasn’t enhanced by computer and studio trickery. This set is heavily Go West specific; eight of the nine songs are performed here, with single “Call Me” and album cut “Innocence” being highlights of the set. Though Dancing is largely ignored, their take of “True Colors” is excellent, and worthy of inclusion. “Faithful,” the band’s final major single, shows that by the end of their run, they had escaped the new wave pop ghetto they were regulated to, and were making fine soul music…
The DVD portion of this set (previously released in 2004 as King Of Wishful Thinking) offers the show in its entirety, and you can see how much fun the band is having onstage. There’s also an excellent, career-spanning interview between the Cox and Drummie, and it’s obvious of the love and the bond the two of them have as they regale with humour and honesty about the ups and downs of their career. It’s an enlightening coda to an excellent reunion show, and makes this live disc a must-have for the Go West fan, as well as a nice introduction for the curious.
The Recoup (July 2016)
…the crowd are keen and the set-up is professional and good-natured. All the hits are here…plus about 12 other songs and some interview material
Music Week (3 March 2004)
The duo cite Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, Paul Rodgers and Marvin Gaye as some of their influences and with the instrumental expertise of Drummie (he is a fine guitarist and keyboard player) and the soulful voice of Cox it comes together nicely…
James R Turner, Classic Rock Society (March 2004)
There is a real rapport between the band and the crowd which makes all of the intervening time just melt away…Overall this is a DVD that will interest not only new fans who have been brought in by the appearance of Peter Cox on TV but also by those who were fans years ago but somehow lost track of them along the way. At 160 minutes long this is definitely value for money.
Feedback, (June 2004)
…some generous bonus features, including documentary footage and interview material, while American fans will be especially pleased to discover that all three are region-free, meaning they will play on any regular DVD player.
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (August 2004)
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is the nice surprise here, with some real articulation and even some fullness. Extras include an interview where they are well spoken enough, outtakes, brief “blog” text, and “Glow Preview” about their next project.
Nicholas Sheffo, www.fulvuedrive-in.com
In the 1980s a very popular band in the UK, but in the rest of the world only known for their hit “When I close my eyes” and their appearance on one of the best soundtracks of all times (ROCKY 4).
Now a DVD is available of a recent concert they gave. Although they lost their 80s hair look, the band still sounds like the 80s, with a big keyboards sound and soulful lead vocals.
All their UK hits were performed during the concert they gave and although I had not listened to this band before it gave me a good feeling watching this professional recorded DVD…a must-have because GO WEST was another typical 80s product and they still sound very strong.
Besides a full concert performance also interviews with the 2 main members (Peter Cox and Richard Drummie) and a history bonus feature is included on this 2 hours and 40 minutes counting DVD (Points: 8.2 out of 10)
Gabor Kleinbloesem, Strutter’Zine (January 2006)