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BLUES BAND These Kind Of Blues
BGO BGOCD664 (2006) (49:48)

The Blues Band have remained true to their name over the last 25 years or more, and produced some strong rhythm’n’blues, the stronger material sounding like Savoy Brown on speed and a great sound it is too.

This set, coming from the turn of the 80s, is here on CD for the first time. Opening with the energetic and ‘in your face’ Tabacco Road’, it shows what hard and earthy blues is all about .Dave Kelly’s slide guitar is distinctive and prominent, while Paul Jones’s harmonica adds to a full blues sound. The addition of a second guitar makes for a meaty sound too.

The take on Smokestack Lightning is as gritty as the original, an excellent album closer. These covers are often better than the band’s own material which, like That’s It I Quit, tends to nod towards MOR blues.

The sleevenotes tend to concentrate more on the history of the songwriters than the origins of this album, about which they’re quite vague. Shame.

Even so, with three extra tracks, for blues aficionados.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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