…The Thrill Is Gone at the Birchmere, Alexandria:
Alfie is clearly having the time of his life here but, as far as I’m aware, this is one song that he hasn’t performed in any tour since. Bring it back Alfie, it’s great!
Written in 1951 by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell, the version most well known is that by BB King:
As mentioned in On This Day 31 January, Alfie was experimenting with blues at the time and The Thrill is Gone fits right in with that. Perhaps that sound for Alfie was of it’s time but I really hope we see it return in the not too distant future – I could listen to Alfie sing Trust and Storyteller all day long.
As mentioned, the original was by Roy Hawkins and this is it – still blues but more measured, at least to me:
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