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Harvey Dalton Arnold

Stories To Live Up To

Review by Gary Hill

Harvey Dalton Arnold will probably be known to a lot of music fans as having been the bass player for the Outlaws in the 70s. This is his second solo album, and it finds him not on bass, but rather guitar and vocals. There is a good mix of music on this release, with a lot of it centering around blues music. This is just a particularly effective set. Those looking for something like The Outlaws will probably not get what they came for. However, if you come here for some killer blues based music, you are in for a treat.

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Track by Track Review
Stay Here With Me

There is a classy old-school rock groove to this. This feels like something that would have fit well in an earlier era. It gets some killer blues and even soulful elements added to the mix as it continues. The track ends and then comes back with a short instrumental reprise.

Early Bird
Now, this has more of a Southern rock groove with a lot of blues in the mix. It's another classy tune.
What's On Your Mind
Blues and classic rock seem to merge on this thing. It really feels like something that would have fit well in the classic era of 1960s British blues rock. There is some killer slide guitar on this track.
Poor Boy
This is much more pure guitar blues. The guitar soloing is so tasty and the track is on fire. It is one of the real highlights of the disc.
When the Sun Goes Down
Here we get another blues guitar song. This is another standout. It is packed with emotion and some cool instrumental interplay.
Lone Outlaw
More of a mainstream rock sound is on the menu here. This cut makes me think of what you might you might get if Blue Oyster Cult played with The Allman Brothers. It's a great song and a nice change. It's also a highlight of the set. The intricate guitar work later in the track is so strong.
Gotta See Ya
As this opens I'm reminded of BTO. The cut turns to a jam that has some old-time rock and roll in the mix. I can see comparisons to Lynyrd Skynyrd on this, but the retro rock and roll stuff is more pronounced and authentic here than that suggests.
Put Me Back
The guitar has some real old school blues turned Southern rock. The vocal delivery is on fire. This has a lot of traditional blues in the mix, but also plenty of rock edge. The slide guitar on this is on fire.
Catfish Blues
Another guitar blues rocker, this thing is pure magic. It's on fire and packed full of class and style.

 

 
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