DVD Review: Albert Collins & The Icebreakers Live At Rockpalast, Dortmund 1980

The Iceman turns in a lukewarm performance.

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Albert Collins sure knew how to milk an entrance. Following the compere’s intro, the Texan leaves the Dortmund crowd in the pitch black for minutes on end, and when the Icebreakers do kick into Sweet Home Chicago, he’s nowhere to be seen.

Worse, when Collins deigns to appear for third track Listen Here!, his opening chords sound artless and out of tune. There are moments when the Master of the Telecaster tag applies, like a sweet rendition of Cold Cold Feeling, but many tracks feel off the pace, while the visuals aren’t helped by Rockpalast’s naff aesthetic (what did you expect from an 80s German TV show?) It’s a patchy showcase for Collins’ brilliance.

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.