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Showing posts with label Universal Music Group. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Universal Music Group. Show all posts

Friday, August 9, 2019

Universal Music Enterprizes artist: Peter Frampton - All Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to pose the newest release, All Blues, from Peter Frampton and I think it's his best effort in years. Frampton Comes Alive was great in it's time but this release shows maturity and poise. Opening with Willie Dixon's I Just Want To Make Love To You, Frampton reworks this classic track without adding a lot of fluff. With Rob Arthur on keys, Adam Lester on guitar, David Labruyere on bass, and Dan Wojciechowski on drums this is a great basic core. Kim Wilson adds strong harp riffs throughout and Frampton shows that he knows more than the basics about blues with his more traditional based guitar riffs. Very nice. On Taj Mahal's She Caught the Katy, Frampton adds even a little more of a funky bottom than Mahal used and the track feels really good. The firm bass work by Glenn Worf and stiff woodblock by Wojciechowski give this track legs and Frampton uses them nicely to propel fluid guitar riffs. Very nice. Instrumental cover of Carmichaels' Georgia On My Mind shows Frampton's beautiful guitar work at it's best with luck phrases and clean articulate runs. Very nice. With a fresh Bo Diddley beat, Frampton's slide work really sets Dixon's, You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover, off nicely.  With the full disclosure that I'm a firm Miles Davis fan, Davis' All Blues is up next and Frampton dials the guitar back to all clean and with guest star, Larry Carlton, and a crisp piano solo by Arthur, sets up an excellent and very notable cover of this classic track. Excellent! On Jimmy Oden's Going Down Slow, Frampton and Steve Morse trade flaming blues riffs with a modern twist giving a different flavor for most any listener. Wrapping the release is Don Nix's Same Old Blues with a real gospel presentation, emphasized by Arthur's keyboard work and Frampton's best vocals on the release. His guitar playing is soulful and well stated without over statement. Very nice closer for a very solid release. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Universal Music Group artist: Nine Below Zero - Third Degree - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release, Third Degree, from Nine Below Zero, and it's quite entertaining. This release is made up of two sessions, Third Degree Original Release: Simon Boswell Sessions and Glyn Johns' Third Degree Alternative Production: Recorded At Turn Up-Down Studios. Opening with 11+11, 9 Below Zero is full force into alt rock with bright pop vocals. Wipe Away Your Kiss continues in the pop rock vein firmly establishing this band as a pop rock machine. Why Can't We Be What We Want To Be shows flecks of the earlier work with hints of harp and guitar but it's full ahead pop rock. Tearful Eye has the hook and the beat. This is the best track on the release with strong melodic feel. True Love Is A Crime gets a little bit of the punk edge but retains the polish of a pop band. A cool rocker. Sugarbeat really makes power pop it's motto. A strong pop track it is the catchiest track on the release. Easy Street SE17 has a bit of ska to it reatining it's pop flavor. You Can't Say Yes and You Can't Say No hits the rock highway as a closer for side one of this 2 disc release. With all guns firing but retaining a lot of melody and hook, Nine Below Zero is a full fledged pop band. The second disc, Glyn Johns' Alternative Production has a bit more edge and spontaneity. Adding three additional tracks, Why Don't You Try Me Tonight, Mama Talk To Your Daughter and Johnny Weekend the band not only gives the release a totally different flavor but also creates a lot more intensity from a rockers standpoint.

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