In the closing years of the last decade, three great singers lost their voice. Two, who you know well by name, never got theirs back: Bob Dylan, finally reduced to the sub-basement blues born of a lifetime of smoking and "never-ending tour" shouting, and once silky-voiced Gordon Lightfoot, whose lung problems have reduced his golden chords to a whisper. Thankfully, the third, the less-heralded (by name at least, outside his native Australia) Keith Potger of the Seekers and Georgy Girl fame, has recovered his lost chords and released a long overdue CD, Secrets of the Heart. Words cannot do justice to the scintillating syrup of Keith's voice; it is everything Lightfoot had and more, and all that Billy Joel aspired to in his more mainstream ballads. You never ate a stack of griddle cakes with a warmer, tastier topping than Keith's voice when poured over a song. And when this completely clicks, as in the title track and another heart-felt number, Your Heart Will Always Be My Home, it is magical. Overall, a majority of the tracks on this eminently listenable and tuneful outing reach a glorious harmony of voice, words and melody. A few, the first track, Good Friends, among them, stray a bit too far into MOR for these ears, but even then Keith's vocals rescue every number. Easy listening is always a danger with a voice so smooth; Dylan himself went there on Nashville Skyline. And Lightfoot, Tom Rush and others dating back to Belafonte strayed from folk to pop. In that tradition, when any songwriter is so sincere, they run the risk of tasting saccharine, and thankfully Keith's syrup only flows that way once or twice. The rest of the time, you just want him to go on singing forever. If there is a perfect Sunday morning or sunset disc, this is it. Put it on and eat it up.
Note : MOR = Middle of the Road (we figure this can be a good thing for certain listeners)
CD Review - Quality Point (AUS)
From the gentle ballad Everything in Your Love to the foot-tapping Destination You, Keith Potger's new album is a truly uplifting and enjoyable experience.
And for some audience reviews from the shows across Australia and abroad in the past little while....
He sang five songs he'd written from his newly released CD, threw in a couple of Seekers songs, including a lovely arrangement of their first hit, I'll Never Find Another You. But the highlight…was a comedy Western song about singing with a Nasal Twang. It has to be a single…an audience of over 300 demanded an encore performance.
But Keith's voice is just unbelievable...He could sing a phone book! With a voice that golden, there is always an audience.
Good food, company and song were the order of the night…..Seeker, Keith Potger…entertained the diners with reminiscences of the Seeker era and some poignant self penned songs from his new album. The event was a great success.
It was enjoyable to listen to an artist with musical and vocal talents, especially from an era where words of songs can be heard and understood, as one progresses in age this becomes an important issue to a captivated audience.
…a first class performance given by Keith Potger…..a great performance taking us back in time, and many of the old and new songs were appreciated by the audience.