The Livin' Blues Band are:
Bill Speer on piano and vocals, Larry Goodhand on guitar, Bill Lyons on
bass and Michael Fitzpatrick on drums. Special Guests: The Buzz on horns,
Simon Wallis on saxes Rocky Verweel on trumpet, The Phlecmtones on background
vocals. This is another good band out of Canada!
I feel like a kid with their hand
in the cookie jar. ; ) This CD starts out with a funky James Brown kind
of sound, mean piano, guitar, nice horn section, up beat but mellow. The
lyrics are light and very today. Good music to dance to, even rhythms,
flowing energy without being nerve-racking. A nice mix of funk, Jazz
and Blues, with a tinge of Rock-Blues guitar. Interesting enough to make
me listen and sort out each instrument. I like the later songs best because
they seem to resonate and drip with the Blues sound like honey falling
from a baklava as I bite into it. Very sweet, very tasty, just enough flake
in the crust to hold it together.
My picks are:
Track #8 "Past Midnight" -- A smooth
easy guitar based song, great mellow drums, medium fast beat, just an edge
of Jazz in the vocals.
Track #9 "Lost and Found Blues"
-- Nice & slow... totally Blues! Horns and piano really set this song
off good, the guitar solo is expressively soulful but doesn't jump out
and steal the show. Great piano riffs taking up any slack, the vocals are
like satin. I think this is my favorite from the CD.
Track #10 "Can't let go" -- This
song really gets down, up tempo, good electric guitar solo, horns, funky
piano, travelin' music. Makes you want to move. Same kind of feel as hwy
49 by Howlin' Wolf, but with a Texas swing.
This is the kind of CD you can
set it on auto and just kick back, doesn't matter where it hits, all the
songs are good. It won't drive you crazy if it replays a few times.
It's the kind of music you like
to have in your collection. Enough energy to move you, but mellow enough
to lean back with your eyes closed and just coast.
Very nice cover art too. : )
A powerful Canadian band,
with joyfully hot music.
Drums, bass, guitar, keyboards,
trumpet and sax gives such an agressive performance that it could bring
back a dead man to life!
The band knows how to play all different
blues styles, but where they really feel easy is when they attack hard-drivin'blues
and grooves, where they develop a big punching strong sound.
This band is highly recommended
to fans of pure orthodox rock and blues.