(Kayos) Eagle Rock have set a May 24 CD release date for Come A Little Bit Closer - The Best Of Willy DeVille Live.
Compiled from 1977 and 2005 in Amsterdam, with stops in between in the Netherlands, Montreux and Berlin that range from the '80s and '90s on into the new millennium, the depth of onstage artistry encapsulated herein is nothing short of amazing.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist DeVille (1950-2009) was a total original. He had no precedent
and there has been nobody like him since. Soaking up blues, doo-wop, R'n'B, Louisiana Swamp Rock, Cajun, Mexicali, Funky Soul and Cabaret into one dynamic all-encompassing eccentric vision of Americana (that ironically was beloved throughout Europe), DeVille thrived on a stage. His presence, his innate drama, his flair for the syncopated surprise, all made for an incredible concert experience.
The set list is a dream lineup of material from his days fronting Mink DeVille (1974-1986), and all the various eras of his musical life that took this man from San Francisco to New York City; from New Orleans to Paris; and from Memphis to Hollywood.
Included is the Academy Award-nominated song he wrote with Mark Knopfler for Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride ("Storybook Love") as well as such signature songs as "Spanish Stroll," "Cadillac Walk," "Savoir Faire," "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" and "Hey Joe."
Come A Little Bit Closer comes as close as a CD can come to approximating the vitality, the larger-than-life persona and the visceral throb of actually being in a Willy DeVille audience.
1.) Venus of Avenue D
2.) This Must Be The Night
3.) Love and Emotion
4.) Savoir Faire
5.) Just To Walk That Little Girl Home
6.) Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl
7.) Slave To Love
8.) Slow Drain
9.) Demasiado Corazon (Too Much Heart)
10.) Little Girl
11.) Storybook Love
12.) Can't Do Without It
13.) Hey Joe
14.) Just Your Friends
15.) Steady Drivin' Man
16.) Cadillac Walk
17.) Spanish Stroll