Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Sunday Music Eclectic

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The fabulous Texan guitarist Eric Johnson teams up with fellow guitarist Mike Stern, who was once in famed out fit Blood Sweat and Tears to deliver an album of contemporary jazz rock fusion. Heavy on the instrumental and lots of sweet melodic solo’s, jazz licks that is very easy to listen too.

These guys can play guitar. Johnson started playing psychedelic rock and then moved to a band called the Electromagnets.  He is renowned as being a perfectionist guitarist and has played in the seventies and eighties with Carole King, Christopher Cross, and in the last decade tours as G3 with fellow maestro’s Steve Vail and Joe Satriani.  Stern is a jazz guitarist and after a couple of years with Blood Sweat & Tears, played with Miles Davis as well as recording solo records and winning Grammy awards.

Not well known outside the states, Johnson has a guitar hero cult following and has played on lots of songs and albums for others.  This album also features a blues tune with lots of riffs and solo’s.  Red House, one of the few vocal tracks is probably  my instant favourite. They both lay into some call and response blues solo’s and its one of those sit back and soak in it blues songs.

The opening track Roll With It is also a punchy number and the slow it right down to an almost psychedelic dirge almost with Big Foot. Other notable examples are Dry Ice and Benny Man’s Blues which is a light punchy number laced with melody.

A pleasant album to play if not wanting to bang, thump, but sit an read the paper or a book. A crisp, clear, note perfect album from two very fine musicians.

 

 

Back in town with a Bad Seed!

The RevengersHello all! I hope you have got in some listening over the festive season. I was gifted a treat. My very own unsigned copy of the first album by local band The Revengers entitled Bad Seed.

In a word… Terrific! I put this on, taking the advice of band member Matty and played it loud. What a jolt to the pleasure centres! This is loud hard punk rock without fanfare and hoo haa! The tempo is fast, the guitars crash but the solo work stands out as well. All held together by a tight drum/bass combination.

What I liked about this from the first notes it is a pump the blood album. Makes you want to exercise or something weird like that! Maybe do the housework nude, or knock down a wall, it is music to get up and do something with but it definitely doesn’t grate on the senses. Reminiscent of Radio Birdmen in that it’s great music and quirky, sometimes humourous, but always full on at you.

Favourite songs, and all compositions are by the band, another notable fact; Snowdropper is a great name for a punk rock song and it works. Teen Stalker, Bad Seed and Its Hellmare others, but the album is even and consistent so highlighting a couple of tracks doesn’t do it justice as I liked it all.

All in all, really impressed with this album, the playing, and the fun they have had lyrically in some songs, but the more somber, darker social aspects of others. Get along to a gig by The Revengers and be prepared to be pumped up!