Lamb & The Kingsnakes - I'm On A Roll
(United Producers Records)
fine album by a great band at the top of their game. The
addition of horns on a fair number of tracks fills out that Kingsnakes
sound and the whole thing rolls along nicely achieving a convincing
The pace changes for a few numbers, notably 'Nomad Blues and the
Sonny Terry-ish 'You Better Mind' (Paul sings!). 'Raulin' Around'
gets us into a nice jazzy groove thing with outstanding guitar work
by new boy Raul de Pedro Marinero, with a great sax effort too by
Paul's harp playing is, of course, outstanding throughout. The instrumentals
'Going For It' and 'Swingin' put him right up there with anybody.
It's a measure of the man though that this remains a Paul Lamb AND
The Kingsnakes record - as with their live performances, it's in
the ensemble playing that this CD really scores.
At 16 tracks this is a long album and there are a few numbers that
wouldn't have made my final cut. The failure to resist some toe
curling blues cliches in a couple of places is regrettable for a
band of this magnitude, but that said there is a great album in
here - you just have to be a bit selective in which tracks you keep
on your pod. Good work fellas.
£10.99. Available from AMAZON