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Monday, January 28, 2019

Neal & The Vipers - One Drunken Kiss - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, One Drunken Kiss, from Neal & The Vipers and it's really strong. Opening with Jack Earles' Slow Down, Neal Vitullo on rip roaring rockabilly style guitar and David Howard on lead vocal lead the way backed by Steven Bigelow on bass and Michael LaBelle on drums. Great opener! Cool blues ballad, More Than Ever, has solid vocals, a super melody and a soulful guitar solo making it one of my favorites on the release. One Drunken Kiss has just a touch of country flavor...real country like Hank Thompson with stylized guitar riffs. Very nice. Another really cool track, There's A Ghost In My Room shows Vitullo's grip on the blues with excellent guitar riffs clocking in at over 8 minutes. Howard's vocals are spot on and the bottom is solid as a rock. Excellent! Instrumental, The Hump, is always a great break in a set with a perfect sense of feel and style. Charles Underwood's Ubangi Stomp is up and not only a lot of fun but wide open rockabilly band just playing out. Great track. Vitullo original, Those Eyes is a beautiful instrumental composition that rivals the best on the release. With guitar melody reminiscent of Roy Buchanan and Jeff Beck, this track alone may get you recommending this release to all of your friends. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Sugar Coated Love dripping in loping Chicago blues style. Howard shows his harp prowess on this track with Vitullo holding his guitar work to a moderate road. Very nice closer.

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