Mannish Boys - Live & In Demand (Delta
Reviewed by Ricardo,
West Coast blues supergroup follow up last years studio album 'That
Represent Man' with this offering recorded live in 2005.
This time out they've added Blues in London favourite Kid
Ramos (he's ace!) to the all star cast and he more than
justifies his presence with the mighty opener 'Kid's Jump' - a cool,
tight, rockin' swingin' instrumental that brings to mind Kids' former
James Harman Band-mate Hollywood Fats'
'Rock this House'.
then on its blues review time - they may be a West Coast blues supergroup,
but they don't just play West Coast Blues - and we get a fairly
comprehensive cross section of the styles, from the not unexpected
'Mannish Boy' (pretty good, Johnny Dyer has the
authority to do it justice), to the less predictable 'Mystery Train'
(again highly credible, this time led by Finus Tasby),
and the outstanding soulful 'As The Years Go Passing By' (Tasby
again, his fantastic charismatic voice backed up with a vengeance
by Ramos' shredding guitar work).
you would expect, it's all played extremely well by this top notch
group of fully paid up members of the blues elite. Check out their
for the full line-up - their collective C.V. reads like a who's
who of the blues greats. They all appear to enjoy playing together
too. If this record is anything to go by, as festival headliners
keeping the flame alive and the bar raised, and showing that blues
comes in many different shades, The Mannish Boys are outstanding.
If only we could persuade them to come and play in London...
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