THE WICKED GAME

September 16, 2011 – 4:40 am

Introduced as the next Elvis, Isaak’s trademark trembly croon remained his best asset.

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CHRIS ISAAK
Live At Bimbo’s 1995 [no label, 1CD]

Record company party live at Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, CA, USA, June 29, 1995. Ex soundboard stereo. This may have been offered as a promo for radio airplay. To our knowledge never officially released.

“I know I could have just kept doing music, kept making records and touring probably for the rest of my life, but what’s really fun is to try something different.”

Chris Isaak said that in 2001 about his then reality series, The Chris Isaak Show. By that time Isaak had put out six albums and was famous by association. His songs were used in hit Hollywood movies from David Lynch, Tony Scott to Stanley Kubrick and his videos were shot by superstar lensmen, Lynch and Herb Ritts.

This concert at Bimbo’s was recorded by his then label Warner Brothers and used to promote the album Forever Blue. Half of the songs from this show are from Forever Blue as well as his best known tune, Wicked Game. A song about a difficult relationship that could also be interpreted as Isaak and his muse. Was he just a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band?

Isaak has never stood still. By the ’90s, he was already starring in minor roles in Hollywood movies like The Little Buddha, The Silence Of The Lambs, Twin Peaks and several others. Then in 2001, he took the chance to star in his own reality TV show. This may have affected his recording output. During this period up till 2004 when the series ended, Isaak put out only two albums, one of which was the festive “Christmas” disc.

It’s indeed a wicked game. Isaak remains on the border of stardom. Not remembered as a movie star and still to achieve superstar success in music.

Chris Isaak continues to tour and his voice remains his greatest gift, very emotive and powerful as this concert displays. Beyond The Sun, his latest album of Sun Records covers, shows off his tremulous voice to effect. He’s still got a long road ahead and hopefully more albums of all-original material. Meanwhile, enjoy this show of a rocker in full flight at the peak of his game.
- The Little Chicken

The Chris Isaak Show ran from 2001 to 2004 with 47 episodes.

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Track 01. Introduction (793k)
Track 02. You Owe Me (5.7MB)
Track 03. Beautiful Homes (7.9MB)
Track 04. I Believe * (6.9MB)
Track 05. Goin’ Nowhere * (4.5MB)
Track 06. Change Your Mind * (6.8MB)
Track 07. Two Hearts (6.7MB)
Track 08. Blue Hotel (5.4MB)
Track 09. Somebody’s Crying * (4.6MB)
Track 10. Wicked Game (7.8MB)
Track 11. Go Walking Down There * (4.4MB)
Track 12. Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing * (12.0MB)
Track 13. Forever Blue * (4.7MB)
Track 14. All I Want (8.2MB)
Track 15. Diddley Daddy (9.2MB)
Track 16. Outro (685k)

* songs that can be found in original studio versions on the album Forever Blue.

Lineup:
Chris Isaak - vocals, guitar
Frank Martin - keyboards
Rolie Sally - bass
Hershel Yatovitz - guitar
Johnnie Reno - saxophone
Kennie Dale Johnson - drums

Chris Isaak’s latest album is Beyond The Sun on Vanguard Records. It’s yet another covers album. Buy it here.

  1. 10 Responses to “THE WICKED GAME”

  2. hi Big O Great post - love Chris Isaak. More rockabilly please

    By steve22 on Sep 16, 2011

  3. One of my faves. Thanks for the great sounding post.

    By Dave C on Sep 16, 2011

  4. Looking forward to this–thanks for sharing this with us!!

    By DanC on Sep 17, 2011

  5. Thanks Big O. Just saw him recently in NY and this one is good quality.

    By JB on Sep 7, 2012

  6. Does song 7 not load for anyone else?

    By keith ahlstrom on Apr 30, 2016

  7. does song 7 not load for anyone else

    By keith ahlstrom on Apr 30, 2016

  8. Sorry for the double post 14 seems down as well

    By Keith Ahlstrom on Apr 30, 2016

  9. wasn´t able to download track 7 & 14!

    By Thomas N on Apr 30, 2016

  10. Hello Keith and Thomas

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 30, 2016

  11. thanks

    By Keith on Apr 30, 2016

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