Master Proves He Has Never Lost His
Bristol Evening Post
05 Nov 2007
were an audience of a certain age, drawn together by songs released
when singles were seven inches in diameter and Gilbert O'Sullivan
seemed to be constantly in the charts and a regular on Top of the
night, 30 odd years after his last appearance at the Colston Hall, he
returned - and brought the house down.
you think the place was full of women recalling their teens you'd be
wrong. There were plenty of men there happy these days to admit
to being closet Gilbert O'Sullivan fans.
opening with the first three songs from his new album A Scruff at
Heart came the first of a series of his greatest hits.
Nothing Rhymed played, a film ran of him sitting at his piano
in the cloth cap that was once his trademark.
you closed your eyes for a second you could be back in front of your
TV all those years ago. For he sounded as good as ever he did.
more songs came from his new album during the evening, the upbeat I'm
in Love With Love (Again) being the highlight.
they could all have been written at any time in his career. You
could say he has stood still. But if you're great at what you do, then
O'Sullivan has the knack of writing catchy tunes but first and
foremost he is a brilliant lyricist. He loves to play with words
and like a modern day Noel Coward he can sum up a thousand feelings in
was joined on stage by up to 11 other musicians, including a stunning
string quartet. And the hits just kept on coming. Among them
were the beautiful ballad We Will, the chart topping Clair
and the wonderfully named Ooh Wakka Doo Wakka Day.
sang or mouthed the words to them all. For the lyrics had seeped
into our sub-consciousness and needed only a the merest prompt to
bring them flooding back.
waited until nearly the end for Alone Again (Naturally),
arguably the most poignant of all his hits and one whose words have
touched a million lives.
hours and almost 30 songs after he first appeared he delivered a
10-minute version of his 1973 hit Get Down and we were all on
O'Sullivan left the stage waving and with a broad smile.
Hopefully it won't be too long before he comes back again.