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Monday, January 16, 2012

New Release: Warm Up My Bones - Liam Tarpey - Review

I just received a copy of Liam Tarpey's new recording "Warm Up My Bones". This recording is really strong. It is a 10 track all original (self penned) recording. The first track, "On My Neck" is a Texas style blues instrumental. It's a great opening track and really get's you moving along the lines of "Jeff's Boogie". The second track, "Krypto Blues" is a great example of British Blues Rock. This third and title track, "Warm Up My Bones" is a more traditional style slow blues presented with all of the modern overtones. (This guy is a very proficient guitar player and he's not afraid to demonstrate it!)The fourth track, "On Her Own", is another slower blues tune and Liam has a good blues voice and again demonstrates his guitar prowess. The 5th song, "Lorraine", is a more contemporary sounding song, like an offspring of the blues, still strongly blues influenced. Again a nice dose of guitar. The 6th song, "Oyster Card Blues", is an acoustic slide song. Each song further demonstrating Liam's versatility. " Let Me Know","Pennies" and "Never Again" are songs that are likely to get airplay universally and remind me of some of the contemporary players who crossover into the blues arena occasionally. They are strongly written but more in the ballad or pop vein. The last song, "Peter Panda", is a very cool guitar instrumental with a lot of trem that puts me in the mind of something that Peter Green would write.I really like it.

So now the final verdict. I really like this body of work. The strong tracks are really quite strong and I know that I'm one of the few people who really doesn't appreciate a little pop with my blues so I have to look past the three songs that although strongly written were "not my bag". Most of the songs on this recording would be strong contenders on just about any new blues release and I think that "Warm My Bones" and "Peter Panda" are outstanding!

This is a terrific release!
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Bman. I agree with your great review of Liam Tarpey's cd 'Warm Up My Bones'.
    This band is going places. Great live performances that are full of energy and technique and now endorsed by Wampler Pedals, USA.
    They are playing the legendary 100 Club, London on 28th Feb. Well worth going down. Elizabeth