Reviews roundup – The Dead Daisies vs. Jackie Lee vs. Mr. Sipp vs. Erin K
THE DEAD DAISIES
Live & Louder
Spitfire Music / SPV
Are you ready to rawk? I said, are you ready to RAWK? Well lucky for you that here come the Dead Daisies with a brand spanking new live album.
It’s still a shit name but the supergroup that is the Daisies are really starting to make a name for themselves. Some dedicated touring and a couple of strong albums can do wonders for you in the world of rawk and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – drums, David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – guitars, John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – vocals, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – guitars and Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – bass have certainly put in a good shift of late.
It’s a cracking offering even if it’s not quite up there with “Thin Lizzy- Live and Dangerous” or “The Scorpions – World Wide Live” as the PR suggests. But it’s certainly the finest live rawk offering in quite some time.
Recorded on their last European tour it’s a fine collection of their music to date with their own songs interspered with some crowd pleasing covers. It sounds live so whatever work was done in the studio seems to have been minimal and as they’ve finally got a couple of classics of their own under their belt this marks a band at the top of their game.
As you would expect it’s out in a variety of formats including a a limited-edition box set that features vinyl, CD and an exclusive 7” vinyl single recorded at The Zoo at Planet Rock Radio’s fan only gig in November 2016.
Oh Christ! Was there ever a worse school holiday than pouring Scotch rain and the sound of “On white horses let me ride away, to my world of dreams so far away”. Where was the Flashing Blade when you needed him?
I suppose they had to do something for the wee girls out there but it really was a terrible show. And Jackie Lee was the performer of the title tune. It even hit the Top 10 despite it being no “Rupert The Bear”. Ms Lee had actually been releasing records since the fifties and was a seasoned session singer by the time this happened along and as you would expect an album was rattled out to try and cash in on the success.
This CD sees a reissue of that record along with a plethora of bonus tracks largely featuring The Raindrops a vocal group she was in with her then husband Len Beadle, Vince Hill and Johnny Worth. There’s also an unreleased number to lure in the completists out there. The songs are very much of their time, slightly twee and trying to fight off the easy listening world where she began.
Knock A Hole In It
Time for some blues now courtesy of one time gospel musician Castro Coleman aka The Mississippi Blues Child aka Mr. Sipp. He’s good at this as befits someone who was the winner of the 2014 International Blues Challenge and Gibson Guitarist Award in Memphis, Tennessee.
It’s a lengthy album with twelve original songs and a closing cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” but for once that’s not a bad thing. To be honest I could have down without the cover as it’s his own material that really shows how good he is as a musician and writer.
He’s got a fine voice and he’s an even better singer and when the two catch fire as they do on most of this release then it’s a mighty righteous sound. The title track, “Bad Feeling” and “Juke Joint”have you hitting the repeat button immediately as you just want to relive those moments over and over.
It’s one of those records you want to force people to listen to as you’re convinced it will improve their lives and for once you’d be right. Life affirming music.
La Tempesta International
What the hell was that? Well it turns out that it was singer and songwriter Erin Kleh.
The reason for the wth is the fact that this is pop music. But pop music done good. If you’ve got long memories and no taste you might remember Kate Nash and (ugh) Lily Allen who both combined cutesy acoustic music with pop sensibilities. Well Erin Kleh has done the same thing but with humour and talent.
I must admit that I’m an old man so pay no attention to what “the kids” are up to except when they annoy me with their sense of entitlement. But if they’re listening to singles as entertaining as “Assholio” and “No Control” then the world may not have reached rock bottom quite yet.
She knows her way around a melody, has a voice that you can actually pick out of a crowd and the singles aside has put together an excellent pop album. For sure, some of it seems to be self consciously quirky but you can forgive the likes of “Off To Bologna (Saving Centipedes)” when there’s a “I Fell For Your Face” just around the corner. It may be a wee bit contrived in places but with a handful of really memorable tunes it’s certainly worth buying for the grandkids.