George Brock - Round 2 (Cat
Reviewed by Ricardo, July 2006
blurb with this CD acknowledges that there are plenty of excellent
blues players these days, but few bluesmen,
before going on to assert that Big George is just such a man. On
the strength of this CD you have to agree with them.
Yes I've heard more accomplished musicians than Brock, but for a
record released in 2006 you'd be hard pushed to find anything which
gets closer to the spirit and sound of those great records of the
50's which got many of us into the blues in the first place.
This record follows on from last years equally excellent Club
Caravan (read our review here)
and although the great Houserockers band, led by the outstanding
Riley Coatie (Snr.), appear to have been replaced with what sounds
like a slightly slicker group of session fellers, the vibe has been
retained. This is proper old school electric blues, and the special
guest appearance of 'old friend' Hubert Sumlin on a couple of the
tracks only goes to underline the fact.
Vocally, George sounds a little like Howlin Wolf, but he does it
without putting on the funny voice that seems to be contemporary
shorthand for 'authentic' blues these days. Harmonica wise, it seems
he's been working on his tone a little since the last album and
in places he manages to pull out a sound that stands up with the
best. All in all this is a more accomplished record than before,
but without losing too much of it's ragged edge, or glory.
Buy it, it's great.
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