Tag Archives: blues

Savoy Brown – City Night

I’ve no idea how old Kim Simmonds is but he’s spent over 50 years rocking the blues and doesn’t appear to be letting up with this Savoy Brown’s 40th album. City Night offers no major surprises but it’s a persistent and compelling work. Blues and blues rock to the core, there’s a hard driving shifting rhythm courtesy of bass player ...

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Rory Gallagher – Blues 3 CD Deluxe Edition

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the late Rory Gallagher’s recording career.  If you’re unaware of who he is don’t worry, if anything you’re to be envied because there’s still that magical opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists ever for the first time. We are also fortunate that there’s a treasure chest of recordings he made that have not previously ...

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Why Keith Richards’ solo album ‘Talk Is Cheap’ is still a classic 30 years on

There’s an interesting story about the gestation period of this album. Talk Is Cheap was put together by Keith Richards and his side band, the X-Pensive Winos, during 1987-88 while the Stones were off the road. In fact, they’d been off the road for several years by this time and hadn’t toured since 1982 because Jagger believed he could do ...

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Zeal and Ardor: Live in London

Zeal & Ardor: Live in London There’s not much you can say when attempting to review a live album of a show you actually photographed and reviewed, so much so each time I attempted to write about the album, I came up with nothing and put off doing it. Well after allowing time to pass, and coincidentally hot on the ...

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Ana Popović & Ben Poole: Sunday 5th May 2019, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

The Deaf Institute is small but full this Bank Holiday Sunday and it’s an early start too. A guitar squeals out as fingers race furiously along its fretboard prior to the gutsy stroking of chords as Ben Poole tells us he can’t ‘Take It No More’. Heartbreak and life’s weariness are sighed out in whisper down the mic, add his ...

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Savoy Brown Still Going Strong

Over 50 years of rocking the blues, with a recent UK tour under their wings, Savoy Brown release their 40th album City Night on Friday 7th June 2019 through Quarto Valley Records (distributed by Proper). Following 2017’s Witchy Feelin’ being a number one Billboard blues hit in 2017, expectations are high for the band formed in London back in 1965 by guitarist Kim Simmonds. With ...

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Rare & Unreleased Rory Gallagher Recordings!

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the late Rory Gallagher’s recording career.  To mark the occasion Universal will release rare and unreleased recordings of him playing his favourite blues material, taken from the vaults of the legendary guitarist estate’s archive. Aptly named Blues it will be released on 31st May. For those too young to be aware, Rory Gallagher was a man both The ...

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Zeal and Ardor

Zeal and Ardor at The Electric Ballroom – His command dominates as his intent glare stares through the centre of the crowd.

Following the release of Stranger Fruit, Zeal and Ardor have exploded from being a small, underground band, to a band that really are on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream. Their blend of gospel blues and black metal hasn’t come without its fair share of hate from elitists, but if you’re getting hate, clearly you’re doing something good. Currently ...

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Face To Face with Rainbreakers

Shrewsbury’s Rainbreakers have announced the release of their debut album Face To Face on the 31stAugust.  Lead single ‘Heavy Soul’ having clocked up over 10,000 views in a month it’s fair to say anticipation for the album is high. The 10 track record was recorded with producer Tom Gittins (Robert Plant, Broken Witt Rebels) at Monochrome Productions and will be released on CD, ...

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Ben Poole – Anytime You Need Me

Ben Poole follows a similar route with Anytime You Need Me as his previous Time Has Come.  Same square-jawed good looks album photo cover albeit a little more macho looking courtesy of being adorned with a black leather jacket and the same pop-flavoured blues rock with some added emphasis on song structures and digging in with a little more soul ...

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