This music still thrills, drums, bass and sax have never sounded so good.
When I heard Back Door "In Session" on John Peel's radio program in November 1972, I was hooked. Back Door mixed rock, jazz and blues to produce a truly original sound that is still fresh today.
Originating in the age of extended guitar, keyboard and drum solos these short, stripped down tunes possess an energy that never fails to raise the hairs on the back of the neck. The incredible bass and drum playing of Colin Hodgkinson and Tony Hicks dynamically underpins Ron Aspery's mesmerising saxophone and flute lead lines. The demeanour of the tracks ranges from sedate and tuneful to upbeat and challenging with the quality of playing always impressive. The twelve tracks here are Hodgkinson/Aspery instrumentals, you will have to sample "8th Street Nites" to hear Colin Hodgkinson's dazzling vocal talents as Back Door pay homage to some classic blues songs.
For those out there who have cherished the music of Back Door this CD will come as a welcome relief to long over-stressed vinyl, those who have never sampled Back Door but appreciate music should buy this CD immediately.
Sorry to be pedantic but: Track titles are wrong with respect to the original album, tracks 7 to12 on the CD are side 1 of the album and CD tracks 1 to 6 are side 2 of the original. "Askin' the way" is titled "Askin' The Way (blues)" and the stunning bass solo "Catcote" is called "Catcote Rag" on vinyl.