-- The Climax Blues Band
‘Plays On’ (PCS7084 / 1976)
The mission of exploration continues as we spin the debut album from the Climax Blues Band. Immediately you can date this to that era of british blues bands that were heavily influenced by the masters of Blues stateside. The albums starts with the a near eight minute, Flight. An up tempo blues jam with plenty of saxophone. Sounding like it could be on a Cream record it's far from unpleasant, but I'm intrigued to know whether this record will be entirely vocal-less. Within 20 seconds of following track, Hey Baby Everything's Gonna Be Alright (where a rather standard English blues voice politely introduces itself), you soon realize why the Climax Blues Band didn't hit the heights oftheir counterparts. The acoustic lead Cubano Chant, with its panpipe lead, is fun and funky. I brace myself for Little Girl, expecting "of it's time lyrical references" (1969), and breathe a sigh of relief as I'm greeted to another instrumental blues Jam. Side 2 opens with Mum's The Word opens with a refrain from a Richard Strauss orchestral piece (you know the one), before Twenty Past Two / Tempation Rag turns into a swinging blues Jam, again purely instrumental (with a really peculiar rag-time piano section midsong). So Many Roads takes it back to doing what they do *cough* best. Slow midtempo blues jams. This one almost clocking in at 7 minutes. Penultimate track City Wars swings along with its hammond keys and a voice which sounds waaay more authentic than the one that I heard before. And we finish on Crazy 'bout My Baby, which has a refrain at the beginning that sounds a lot like the intro to Brian Ferry's Let's Stick Together. Maybe that's a thing (I looked online and it's a thing). Its actually a highlight and a fine way to end this mediocre record.
Late 60's Mass Blue's band Influenced by John Mayall Best known for there track Couldn't Get It Right. I love the artwork on Album over 7/10
HIGHLIGHT. Cubano Chant
LOW POINT. Little Girl
Third UK pressing
Not bad, but better records were being made around this time. - 11 minutes ago