"In a way it's the ultimate Champs album" enthuses Danny & The Champions Of The World front man Danny George Wilson and he's not wrong. The double album runs from 2008's These Days taken from their self titled debut, to a selection of favourites from last year's critically acclaimed album Stay True via the likes of Henry The Van from 2010's Streets Of Our Time and Colonel & The King from 2011's Hearts & Arrows. It's almost like a greatest hits of Danny & The Champions The World. However, this particular hits package captures what the studio recordings can't quite convey - the raw passion and energy of a Danny & The Champs live show.
As Danny explains "ever since I was a kid I've absolutely loved live recordings, ever since we played those bootleg cassettes in our dad's car again and again... its something that a studio album cannot capture. This is what we sound like right now and I'm thrilled we were able to capture that".
Recorded live at a sold out hometown show at Jazz Cafe, Camden on the 6th March this year, featuring co-conspirators Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, you can either take this as a welcome reminder of a shit-hot show, or a harsh lesson on how you should never pass up an opportunity to catch these guys live.
01. (Never Stop Building) That Old Space Rocket
02. ? Cold Cold World
03. Let's Grab This With Both Hands
04. Colonel And The King
05. Darlin' Won't You Come In From The Cold
06. Stop Thief!
07. Henry The Van
01. Other Days
02. Every Beat Of My Heart
03. You Don't Know (My Heart Is In The Right Place)
04. ? Restless Feet
05. Been There Before
06. These Days
LIVE CHAMPS! will be available on double CD and as a digital download from 29th September 2014.
AUTUMN TOUR 2014
01 Oct ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
02 Oct CARDIFF, The Moon Club
04 Oct BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre
05 Oct EXETER, Phoenix
07 Oct HULL, Fruit
08 Oct BARNARD CASTLE, The Witham
09 Oct DUNDEE, Buskers
10 Oct ABERDEEN, The Tunnels
11 Oct EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete's
12 Oct GLASGOW, Broadcast
13 Oct LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
15 Oct SHEFFIELD, The Greystones
16 Oct MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge
17 Oct LEICESTER, The Donkey
18 Oct BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy3
20 Oct NORTHAMPTON, Playhouse Theatre
21 Oct HERTFORD, Corn Exchange
22 Oct PORTSMOUTH, The Cellars
23 Oct NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
24 Oct LONDON, Dingwalls
25 Oct BRIGHTON, Bleach