Founded by guitarist Kim Simmonds in 1966, English blues band Savoy Brown boogied endlessly and — once lead singer Chris Youlden split and Lonesome Dave Peverett, Tone Stevens and Roger Earl left to become three-fourths of Foghat — changed personnel frequently. Originally released in 1989, this album features vocalist Dave Walker — whose first stint in the band began with 1971's Street Corner Talking — back in the lineup. Bookended by the '50s-rock-revisited title track and the closing Ray Charles homage "Until the Sky Fades Away," the rest of the disc finds Simmonds & Co. somewhere between a hard rock and a blues place. Echoes of Santana, Dire Straits, Golden Earring, AC/DC and Stevie Ray Vaughan — and those synthetic period production touches — aside, budding fret-grinders may appreciate Simmonds 'thick, distinctive tone and direct, muscular phrasing more than most.
By Ned Sublette on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This Cuban bandleader relocated to Los Angeles in the '40s, where he led the number one Latin band in town. This compilation covers a wide variety of repertoire with great authority, from Ernesto Lecuona's "Sibon...
By Chris Nickson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Zydeco, the louder African-America cousin of Cajun music, mixes in R&B and a strong syncopated beat, and no one's ever done it better than the late Clifton Chenier, the acknowledged King of Zydeco. His fingers co...
By Madelyn Rosenberg on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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By Neal Pollack on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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