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The Call Featuring Robert Levon Been: A Tribute To Michael Been

Album Review

Like father, like son.

The Call were one of the 80s’ great “nearly” bands, cult favourites but never quite crossing over, despite support tours with Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds.

They paused as that decade ended, reformed in ’97 then called it a day, with writer-singer-bassist Michael Been going on to act, score films and be sound-engineer for his son Robert’s band – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Working in that capacity, he died of a heart attack, backstage, in 2010. 

In April 2013 Robert Levon Been and the surviving trio played some West Coast shows in his honour. There’s a real rush to hearing Robert sing and play his dad’s parts here as they rediscover the urgency and drama of The Call’s classics. I Still Believe, Let The Day Begin (used as Al Gore’s campaign song in 2000) and I Don’t Wanna hit the perfect midpoint between U2 pomp and Comsat Angels precision. Emotional and electrifying.

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