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This is the Blues Volume 3

Review by Gary Hill

This is (as the title suggests) the third installment in a blues collection. It features a number of artists putting in blues performances. It’s kind of a mixed bag. Nothing here is really bad, but there are a couple of tracks I wouldn’t consider the blues. There are two numbers, though, that are serious screamers and those two would be worth the price of admission all by themselves.


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Track by Track Review
Crawlin' King Snake - Peter Green Splinter Group

This is a real stripped down, old school blues cut. It’s quite cool and has a lot in common with music dating as far back as Robert Johnson.

If You Be My Baby – Dave Peverett / Rod Price / Southside Johnny / Harvey Brooks / Mo Potts
This rocks out a lot more. It’s still real blues, but with a hard electric edge.
Bad Like Jesse James – LLC
A slow blues grind, this is quite a tasty one. The vocal delivery here makes me think just a bit of George Thorogood. This is a lot grittier than Lonesome George, though. It’s definitely more stripped down, too. I really like this one a lot. 
Little Red Rooster - Savoy Brown
Here we get a killer performance of a classic electric blues rocker. It’s a real screamer with some incendiary guitar work, a passionate vocal performance and some tasty ivory tickling. I absolutely love this song. It’s one of the definite highlights of the set. 
Serves Me Right To Suffer – Gary Moore / Jack Bruce / Gary Husband
This slow blues jam is awesome. It reminds me in some ways of the bluesiest music from ZZ Top. It’s just plain magic and another standout. 
Little Wheel - Gary Brooker / Andy Fairweather-Low / Matt Pegg / Henry Spinetti
There’s a lot more of an old school blues sound to this one. The vocals remind me a bit of Dr. John in places. 
Showbiz Blues - Rory Gallagher / John Cook / Rich Newman / Spoon
Percussion and harmonica kick us off here. After a while, though, it powers out to a more rocking jam. This reminds me a bit of the kind of blues treatment the Stones might do. It’s a real screamer. 
One More Mile – Mike Clark / Lou Martin
Piano leads us out, but the guitar joins rather quickly. It’s definitely more of an old school, mellower, blues jam. There’s a lot of jazz in the mix, too.
I've Got News For You – Clem Clempson / Jack Bruce / Mark Teltham / Ronnie Leahy / Neal Wilkinson
Another slow, electric blues, this is strong. It’s not a highlight, but it’s not far from it. 
The Same Way – Mick Abrahams / Dave Lennox / Jim Leverton / Graham Walker
A harder rocking number, this is still a rather slow blues. It’s got some tasty guitar soloing and is one of the stronger pieces here. There’s some tasty keyboard work on show, too. 
The Supernatural – Vlas Yngstrom / Ulf Ivarsson / Christer Bjorklund / Frank Marstokk
There’s an almost jam band sound here, but the guitar solo really screams. This is an instrumental performance. 
Hellhound On My Trail - Ken Hensley
The main instrument here is the piano, but there’s some tasty acoustic slide blues guitar, too. This is very much an old school style of blues. 
Fleetwood Mac - Larry Mitchell / Stu Hamm / Jonathan Mover
While this is a blues track, this is not a blues performance. The first half is in a screaming, nearly metal jam and then there’s a short little fusion mellow treatment. Stu Hamm’s bass solos as the fusion continues. Then it screams back out with guitar fury. This is a killer tune, but I’m not sure it belongs on a blues compilation. 
Merry Go Round – Luther Grosvenor / Ness Roden / Dave Moore / Steve Dolan / Mike Kellie
Now, this smoking blues number is more like it. It’s got that slow blues feeling with some fiery guitar soloing and a real passionate vocal performance. This is another highlight of the set. 
Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Jeff Beck / Siggi Josiah / Earl Green / Kingdom Choir / Dave More / David Hadley / Richard Bailey / Pete Brown
I’m not sure I’d call this one blues, either. It’s more of a gospel cut. It’s cool, but not really my cup of tea – and not really the blues.
 
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