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Showing posts with label Over the Pain. Show all posts
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Friday, December 16, 2022

Vintage LaNeil Records artist: Orphan Jon and the Abandoned - Over The Pain - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Over The Pain, from Orphan Jon and the Abandoned, and it's a cool blues rocker. Opening with a strong rocker, Tight Dress, ace guitarist Alastair Greene sets the pace with fleet fingered rock riffs, supported by Ray Sadolsky on bass, Jason Blakely on drums and featuring Jon English onlead vocal. This is a hot rocker that is sure to get your attention. Blues ballad, Over The Pain features Jon with Rebecca Aguilar on vocal with Mike Malone on piano, and some real tasty blues lead guitar by Greene. This track should have strong radio appeal with a solid melody and vocal lines. Swampy, Broken Angel, has a terrific rhythm line courtesy of  Blakely and overdriven tones on extra funky lead guitar by Greene add yet another dimension. Thick blues tone come from Greene's national guitar in pure old school style on the intro and then the track cuts loose. With a thumping bass line by Sadolsky and rowdy vocals by English it's Greene's relentless slide guitar that makes this one of my favorite tracks on the release. On Redheaded Woman Blues, English on vocal and Greene on national steel acoustic guitar set down an authentic style delta blues with minimal drum work. Very nice. Everyone Knows is a great blues rocker with authoritative tom tom work by Blakely and rich slide guitar work by Greene under the focused lead vocal of English. This is a really strong blues rocker in the vein of the origins of blues rock.  Wrapping the release is revival style track, There's No Need, with vocal exchanges between English and Aguilar and powerful organ work. This is a high energy closer for a really strong release.   

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