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The Paul Speidel Band

Guitar Bass Drums

Review by Eric Meli

Paul Speidel was gaining experence in Chicago playing jazz, blues, rock and punk by the time he graduated high school. He then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in music at Augustana college and later a master’s degree in Theory and Composition. In 1990 Speidel moved to the Boston area and began a teaching career. In 1993 Speidel decided to resume his performing career. His album Guitar Bass Drums is recorded live and is all instrumental tracks. For more information (or to buy the disc), check out the group’s website.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.
Track by Track Review
Doggin' the Walk
The first track starts things off with a 7 minute jam that sets the tone for most of the disc,and shows off everyone’s talent.

Dirty Mudflaps
This is a Stevie Ray Vaughn styled blues-rocker.

Burnslide
Here we have a Mississippi hills country blues style tune.

3 Way Wiggle
Starting off with a “Willie and the Hand Jive” beat, this goes onto a jam from there.

Beautiful and Blue
A jazz blues style tune, this showcases Speidel’s talent.

The Bounce
“The Bounce” is a swing type number.

TX
A blues rocker, this sounds like something out of ZZ Top’s songbook.
Solar Winds
Another jazz number, this one is along the lines of a space version of the genre.
Dirty Mudflaps (reprise)
The second track on the CD is back again and rocking harder than before.

. . . Only Three Bars Around
This sounds like something you'd hear coming out of one of those small smoky back alley blues bars (ahhh good times).

 
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