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Made In England
Stan Musselwhite’s Mixed Bag
es, a bit of a mixed bag
this month. After last
month’s trip to the
Hop Farm I’ve spent
the rest of the month
l i s t e n i n g t o m u s i c,
rather than watching it. The same
can’t be said for that bloody tart,
Julian Cundiff. I knew he was going to
High Voltage last weekend, but not
that he’d managed to get a side of
stage pass, which enabled him to
watch the likes of Slash and Thin
Lizzy from VERY close up. Bastard!
Yeah, I know, I’m just jealous, but
Got some good music this month,
and it’s pretty diverse. I started the
month off with the new Black Country
Communion album and, I have to say
I was pretty impressed straight off the
bat. I found the first album, I don’t
know, a bit disjointed. I love Joe, obviously, and who doesn’t like Jason
Bonham, but I have to say I’ve never
been a great fan of Glenn Hughes’
vocals, so that grated on me a little.
But on this new album, I have to say
that some of his vocals are remarkably beautiful. You know what you’re
gonna get when he puts on his rock
voice, and on songs like The Outsider
and Man in the Middle that’s exactly
what you get. But it seems more
together, more like a band than four
superstars playing together. Some of
Joe’s playing is wonderful; from
acoustic to rock to soulful blues, and
on the couple of songs where he
sings, his guitar seems to blend perfectly with his vocals, especially on
An Ordinary Son and Hadrian’s Wall.
But by far the most outstanding
tracks are Faithless and Cold; two
beautiful ballads sung with such passion and soul by Glenn Hughes that
they make you want to weep. Yeah,
there’s no doubt that this is a quality
album from a quality band – and Jules
saw them at High Voltage!
(Above) Julian, the bloody tart, with
Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy.
((Left) Close to Slash, but at least he
ain’t up close and personal.
(Top right) BCC – second album well
worth listening to.
(Right) Hugh Laurie – surprisingly
cool blues album.
Totally the other side of that coin is
Hugh Laurie’s blues journey to New
Orleans on Let Them Talk. Apparently,
he’s been a blues nut since he was
about ten, and as he was classically
trained on piano he can
play a bit as well. For this
album he’s been able to
pull together some great
musicians to sing some
old, blues standards. You
feel that you’re sitting in
the mythical, smoky New
Orleans bar at two in the
morning, glass of Southern
Comfort in your hand and
half a dozen guys just
doing it. Great vocals from
Laurie (as well as a fine
guest appearance on Baby
Please Make a Change by
Sir Tom) and, all in all, a
great blues album.
I was expecting something similar
from Chantel McGregor’s first album
– Like No Other. I saw her earlier in
the year and was blown away by her
guitar playing, so when the first track
came on, sounding like just any other
pop diva, I was a bit taken aback. But
that track was in no way indicative of
what was to come. Each track betters
the previous and when you get to her
beautiful acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon you realise
what a great voice she has as well.
There are two or three really good


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