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featuring Steve Cradock
Cardiff 2019 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Earl Haig Club, Cardiff, Wales; October 15, 2019. Fairly good audience recording. Vocals slightly muffled, especially at high volume.

Thanks to boombox for sharing the show at Dime.

boombox noted:

Having waited 40 years to see her live, Pat (no one, it seems, calls her PP) did not disappoint me in any way whatsoever. It was hard to believe she’d recently celebrated her 73rd birthday: her voice was powerful as it was sweet as required. Despite her having a bit of a cold, she took us right back to the ’60s and then forward to 2019, every song delivered with conviction, with stories and anecdotes throughout, earning her a well-deserved standing ovation.

Much of the credit for the new album - The New Adventures of… PP Arnold (2019) - and tour goes to Steve Cradock, who showed his versatility as both a guitarist and bandleader, as well as songwriter and arranger: tracks like ‘Magic Hour’ and ‘Baby Blue’, rank up there with ‘Angel’ and ‘First Cut’, and her Sandy Denny cover is pretty amazing.

Her latest album is in my top five albums of the year and live, the old and new songs meshed perfectly. Her backing band was excellent, though given their musical history, it’s not surprising, and the members seemed to be really enjoying themselves. At the merch table, it was a nice touch having copies of all her albums in both unsigned and signed versions for the same price, but she came out afterwards for about an hour to sign and pose for photos anyway.

The Earl is little more than a sports and social club, with cabaret seating around the outside on two levels and in front of the low stage, a proper wooden dancefloor, which saw some use over the set. That said, the PA was well-mixed, though some on fb complained it was too bass heavy, and with a respectful audience (there are a few drunken shouts towards the end!), I got a very nice pull. I had to remove a couple of crackles when somebody very large and very drunk pushed past my seat a couple of times on their way to the bar, but other than bringing the levels up and adding a fade either end, that’s it.

Play this one loud (though be prepared for Steve’s wig-out on ‘Eleanor Rigby’!!) and then make sure you see her on the next tour.

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Recorded 10′ from house left PA

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction 1:27
Track 102. Though It Hurts Me Badly * 5:46
Track 103. Baby Blue * 4:47
Track 104. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 4:18
Track 105. Different Drum * 3:23
Track 106. Banter 1:49
Track 107. I Believe * 4:44
Track 108. Medicated Goo 4:16
Track 109. Banter 1:59
Track 110. I’m A Dreamer * 5:55
Track 111. Band introductions 2:48
Track 112. Shoot The Dove 4:25
Track 113. Banter 1:08
Track 114. (If You Think You’re) Groovy 4:17
51 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Hold On To Your Dreams * 3:52
Track 202. Banter 1:16
Track 203. You Got Me * 3:10
Track 204. Banter 1:38
Track 205. Eleanor Rigby 7:26
Track 206. Still Trying * 3:56
Track 207. The Magic Hour * 3:34
Track 208. Angel Of The Morning 4:17
Track 209. Encore break 2:30
Track 210. Life Is But Nothing 5:38
Track 211. God Only Knows 3:45
Track 212. Banter 4:00
Track 213. The First Cut Is The Deepest 5:13
51 mins

* Tracks from The New Adventures of… PP Arnold.

PP Arnold - vocals
Steve Cradock
- guitar (Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller, Steve Cradock Band)
Andy Flynn
- bass & guitar on Track 24 (Steve Cradock Band)
Justin Dodsworth
- keyboards (Bad Manners, The Specials, Lee Perry)
Tony Coote
- drums (Steve Cradock Band)
Steve Trigg
- trumpet (Stone Foundation, Paul Weller)
Sam Smith
- trombone (The Simmertones)
Connie McCall
- backing vocals
Keshia Smith
- backing vocals

Click here to order The New Adventures of… PP Arnold.

  1. 34 Responses to “PP ARNOLD - CARDIFF 2019”

  2. Thank you for uploading this. What a treat!

    By Chotakeo on Feb 14, 2020

  3. This ain’t the classic rock that everybody wants . It’s modern shit and a coon singer to boot . Give us what we want which is fuckin classic rock . Some Black Sabbath or Ten years after would hit the spot . Get with the fuckin program

    By Derrick on Feb 14, 2020

  4. Legend! Thanks Big O, it’s appreciated and look forward to checking this out from one of the prime figures in all sixties pop from ‘backing’ The Small Faces to singing classic Cat Stevens song ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’, Chip Taylor’s ‘Angel of The Morning (Check out Youtube for her backing vocals on The Small Faces’ ‘Little Tin Soldier’) yet she remained perhaps the most overlooked of all British soul singers. It’s good to know she is still out there performing with that peerless voice.
    Gorgeous stuff

    P.S. Ignore the trolls they wandered in here from some Merkin Wide Wide World of Sports KKK site

    By swappers on Feb 14, 2020

  5. Good grief Smashmouth, you really are quite ignorant aren’t you? She had The Nice as her backing band before they were The Nice (Keith Emerson’s pre-ELP band by the way, as you probably don’t know who they were). She’s been a backing vocalist on tours by Clapton, Roger Waters, and many others. As swappers noted, she’s a legend!

    By FFS! on Feb 14, 2020

  6. Derrick… YOU ARE A RIGHT PLEB !!!

    By some won on Feb 14, 2020

  7. The second swappers comment is not me . . . . . you know how you can tell?
    I can spell . . . . . . ;)

    Not a massive fan of George Michael but admit he had a voice. George too a toweringly strong voice and I DO agree with the encouragement to ignore the racists and ignoramuses but the desire to pass off as me is confusing. It ain’t even funny!?

    Still have at it, numbnuts!

    By swappers on Feb 14, 2020

  8. This used to be such a great music website to discuss the bands and differences we had with dropkick, swappers and scar rad. Now the website is nothing more than penis size, dried up groupies spreading their legs, anti semitic rhetoric and derrick always complaining. I wish there would be a moderator so that we can discuss the topic at hand

    By darth on Feb 15, 2020

  9. PLEB means “Low-Class or Common person”. The term PLEB is short for Plebeian. The Plebeians were the general body of free Roman citizens who had no right to vote. … In modern usage, PLEB is often used as an insult to imply that someone lacks intelligence, is unsophisticated or of low social standing.

    By some won jackoff on Feb 15, 2020

  10. That comment above was not me sir.Im never that simplistic with my comments.And i usually only comment on jazz.Must be another copycat.a common thing here.

    By Smashmouth on Feb 15, 2020

  11. darth,if in fact it is you.I too miss the great music discussions and debates here.Really miss Barths comments.he always had intelligent takes,also Happy Camper.Jerrys finger, Ed Saad,Sluggo.Dropkick.Willis.Bruce Skywalker etc.Miss em all.Guess the trolls drove them away.too bad.

    By Bill on Feb 15, 2020

  12. Bill,not sure thats darth.His comments went on endlessly.Multiple paragraphs.check out the archives.

    By David on Feb 15, 2020

  13. You’re right David defo not Darth. No friend of mine and never as civil as this. Much more self absorbed. He wasn’t averse to banging on about anything he fancied rather then the topic concerned (mostly himself, how he had met everyone and had photographic proof but would never share it or post on line) He disagreed with most of us as a matter of course on anything from The Kent State shootings (he was an expert apparently who knew better than any contemporary journalist and took my asking him to source his info as a personal attack!) to who played what and when and of course he was inevitably present at every gig mentioned. He then took a habit of posting the USA TV schedules which proved about as relevant and interesting as someone who keeps doing on about American sport (sic)
    ‘Go Figure’ as the Yanks would say!

    By swappers on Feb 15, 2020

  14. Bill- its look like u and your fake IDs did just that, and BigO knows it:

    Eli, Freddie Fender, CJ, Groupie Chick Traci, Derrick, U L E, Terrence, Bill, Smashmouth - You’ve really gone rabid repeating and talking to yourself. When you are treated like an adult, you ask for supervision/moderation! The word is self-restraint. Isn’t it obvious why you are not at other sites? They’ve have long banned you.
    By bigozine2 on Apr 26, 2018


    hows Corey M doing these days?

    By barth on Feb 15, 2020

  15. as noted in the notes… Arnold released a fine album last year, “The New Adventures of… PP Arnold” with contributions from Paul Weller and others.

    great interview here:

    thanks for this BigO.

    By barth on Feb 15, 2020

  16. Barth , glad to hear from you . Hope you’re doing well . I’m not any of those people fortunately. But I realize anyone who comments here these days is somewhat of a suspect with all the fake ids here . Can’t control opinions, Miss your regular comments and intelligent takes . Take care.

    By Bill on Feb 16, 2020

  17. Don’t think Bill is a troll, but what about Antichrist, Disher ; Mark , HHH? Shit who the hell knows and who cares . Enjoy the music.

    By Thomas on Feb 16, 2020

  18. Keep my name out of this shit motherfuckers . I’m just me nobody else . Probably Mark or another Jew bastard

    By Derrick on Feb 16, 2020

  19. Thanks for the kind mention, Bill. I still come by for the music, but don’t usually comment or read the comments here anymore, because of what an childish, racist, ugly mess they’ve have become.

    What amazes me is why these people (or, maybe, just one person) don’t get bored with the same stale remarks that don’t even qualify as jokes. Even if “i hear [fill in the blank] has a big ‘un” was clever in the first place–which it wasn’t–year after year, post after post, it makes me think this is simply somebody with extremely limited intelligence. The racist crap I can at least understand is some arrested-adolescent attempt to upset people, which is effective to some degree (and I suspect has a very negative effect on BIGO’s fundraising efforts–even with all the great music, who wants to support a forum for this garbage?). But that, too, year after year, post after post, is more tedious than anything, so, again, I think only somebody of exceptionally low intelligence would continue to be amused by it.

    So, am I going to be attacked for this comment? Probably. It might give me some hope if that were done with a clever jibe of some kind. But, now, it’ll be the same barely-worthy-of-troubled-second-grader garbage. It’s really sad.

    By Willis on Feb 16, 2020


    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 16, 2020

  21. Hey Willis, has anyone ever told you that you’re a self-righteous self-congratulatory windbag?

    No? You must be deaf, then.

    By Brian Griffin on Feb 16, 2020

  22. Chill, Anti, getting wound up by people on here is unlikely to help you get better.

    This place is like a hall of mirrors sometimes.

    By Brian Griffin on Feb 16, 2020

  23. your right brian, thanks buddy

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 16, 2020

  24. Same here Anti . Keep your blood pressure under control. Get strong fast pal .

    By Derrick on Feb 16, 2020

  25. Willis and Barth ‘ before my time apparently. They both definitely sound like they could both be of the Hebrew persuasion. Self righteous and condescending.

    By HHH on Feb 16, 2020

  26. Antichrist and Derrick, the black ape hypocrites Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King catching flak for coming down on the now dead Kobe Bryant , yet for some strange reason seem to still be all chummy with movie mogul rapist Harvey Weinstein that Hebrew scumbag. Also never heard them say anything bad about that other fine upstanding Jewish gentleman, child rapist Jeff Epstein. RIP

    By HHH on Feb 16, 2020

  27. Believe Weinstein is currently on trial for rape , not a word from Oprah and Gayle King .

    By HHH on Feb 16, 2020

  28. Weinstein’s Jew lawyer will probably get him off , . Black apes have a harder time avoiding jail , example Bill Cosby.

    By HHH on Feb 16, 2020

  29. I don’t think Oprah and Gayle ever said a word about Bernie Madoff and he destroyed many lives with his Wall Street corruption. Another Hebrew scumbag .

    By HHH on Feb 16, 2020

  30. thanks derrick. right on HHH. i agree with u 100%

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 16, 2020

  31. WeInstein Epstein and Madoff all Jewish .

    By U L E on Feb 16, 2020

  32. Jews have Big Pricks Noses and Ears .

    By U L E on Feb 16, 2020

  33. Also long pockets/ short arms.

    By U L E on Feb 16, 2020

  34. I definitely recall PP, she was lovely and she had an awesome backing vocal voice and career didn’t amount to what it should. Don’t think we used her though we were aware . . . . meanwhile from my diary of the time: On this day in 1972, we arrived in Perth to begin an Australian tour, arriving via Bombay, and the customs decided to give us a lengthy ‘examination’ and ended up confiscating four small hand drums that we had bought in India on the grounds of their being made from uncured animal skin – I guess they considered that a result! Oz is like that! We had a great time though

    By Jimmy Page on Feb 16, 2020

  35. Wonderful post!!!!!!
    I never thought I would ever hear a concert from her!

    By Frank on Feb 17, 2020

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