Archive for July, 2012

14
Jul
12

THE ZOMBIES-LIVE AT METROPOLIS STUDIOS-CD/DVD-“TOP SHELF & TIGHT”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 years on I can’t think of any band this tight and organic.

And that includes The Rolling Stones who of course have a much bigger career and are also celebrating their 50th.

Although all the hits are here  make no mistake this is no “oldies” Las Vegas act.

Filmed in front of  120 people at Metropolis Studios there are a number of real surprises on this great looking dvd/cd set. 

Check out the superb blues of Mystified, the brand new Any Other Way written by Colin Blunstone and a very solid version of Argent’s Hold Your Head Up

Rod Argent’s organ and piano work as well as Colin Blunstone’s organic vocal work continues to be the glue that the band relies on.

However the superb bass work and vocals of Jim Rodford, the galvanizing drum work from his son Steve Rodford and Tom Toomey’s top shelf guitar work never get in the way of the compositions.

This band is tight but never overplay.  The dynamics all the way through the show are a joy to watch.

There is a huge helping of tracks from Odessey and Oracle and Argents’ organ solo on Time of the Season is a monster.

She’s Not There possibly the band’s biggest single is killer, and that also goes for Odessey’s Care of Cell 44. 

Convexe Entertainment is introducing this six part series Live from Metropolis Studios and I will have more reviews.

Bottom line first look is excellent.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, songwriter and radio host  http://emms.podbean.com/ 

John has fun with his excellent blues rock band THE SHAFTMEN  www.theshaftmen.com

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13
Jul
12

PAUL REDDICK-WISHBONE-“BAD-ASS MOJO ON THE PROWL”-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Tom Waits and Muddy Waters were driving out to a gig they could slip Paul Reddick’s Cd Wishbone into the player and be damn impressed.

Now, digest that thought for a minute purchase this cd, pour yourself a drink and  let the dangerous mojo of Whiskey Is The Life Of A Man, get your feet moving.

At the same time be careful of playing this for your girlfriend or wife because Reddick might steal her away with the gritty grooves of  The Other Man, Dancing In A Dream, or Devil’s Load featuring guest vocals from Tom Wilson.

Elsewhere, producer/guitarist Colin Cripps and fellow axe men Kyle Ferguson and Peter Belec all fire off swaggering riffs all through this recording.

Without a doubt the hipest lyrical focus lands smoothly on the track Luna Moth and Butterfly.

The incredible stream-of-consciousness narrative mixing couplets like snakeroot, sawgrass, feverfew/ who bet seven who bet nine?/ Yellowbird and Turpentine would make “Black Maria” proud.

Amazing stuff!

Elsewhere, Take Me Ruby and I Have Lived You Long whip the mojo high thanks to the killer bass work of Anna Ruddick and stick men Kevin Warren and Derek Downham.

The album also has it’s rootsy passion tracks like the gorgeous Ballad Of Wishbone and the closing track 1000 years a beautiful self-conscious melancholy reminder of the power of life and love.

Reddick and Producer Colin Cripps have laid down the gauntlet with Wishbone. Now it’s up to fans, and radio to peel back the onion revealing one of this year’s best releases.

JOHN EMMS is veteran music journalist, songwriter and online radio host  http://emms.podbean.com/ John’s fun rocking group THE SHAFTMEN are currently recording their third album www.theshaftmen.com




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