Took advantage recently of a clearance sale offer at Manhaton Records the other day (any 4 albums from 20 for £12 - who wouldn’t!?!).
So what did I get?
Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (2013)
Something’s about To Change (2014)
Where Are You Going To (2016)
Thought it was about time I dipped my toes into Robin’s more current output. The first album see RT dipping back into some old standards and putting his own spin on them (which works quite well) and blending in some new originals in a similar vein. The latter two are Trower originals with that signature style and sound that fits like favourite jacket; it may not be in vogue, but it’s comfortable and you know where things are….
Steve Hill - One Man Blues Rock Band (2018)
So, despite sounding like a very crunchy, rockin’ trio, this Canadian’s Live album is exactly what it says on the tin, a One Man Band delivering some tasty Blues Rock. It’s direct, unpretentious, driving and darn tasty. That the man not only sings with such a raw, barbed-vocal style underpinned by a deliciously handled guitar, he also comes loaded with two kick drums, a hi-hat cymbal – played by virtue of the stick attached ingeniously to the machine head of his guitar – and, on occasion, an harmonica. For me, after the initial blast, the middle of the album gets a little “samey” aside from the more acoustic Tough Luck, but it does ramp up to an near epic finish, especially the Ballad of Johnny Wabo. Steve Hill did tour a couple of years back with (then label mates) King King, so hope he comes back over again sometime.
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........