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Lancashire Hustler [CD]

Keef Hartley Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B001NE81DU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Australian Lady 5:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Action 5:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Something About You 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Following 1972's Seventy Second Brave Keef Hartley found himself much in demand, and was working on so many projects that he just did not have time to manage his band. As a result things drifted apart, and Keef's next release was officially a solo album. Sadly it was to be Keef's last release under his own name for some time, as other projects got in the way.

Though billed as a solo album, Keef surrounded himself with a crack group of musicians, without whom the record would be impossible. Whereas Keef's previous albums had been getting progressively jazzier/funkier in tone, this seems to be a step back to his roots, with more of an emphasis on blues. There are still the jazzy arrangements, complete with horns and for the first and last time on a Hartley album, strings, which add layers to the raw blues sound.

This is another great release from Esoteric. The album has been nicely remastered, and the sound is really good and clear. There are extensive liner notes from Keef Hartley regarding the new band and the recording, which make for interesting reading.

A great release of some great music.
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Despite his natty leather hat and Cherokee jacket look on the front cover of “Lancashire Hustler” - and Deram’s reputation as a Hard Progressive Rock label – this obscure Seventies album is essentially a Soul-Rock LP - and Esoteric’s wonderful new remaster of it only hammers that home. Originally released on vinyl in May 1973 on Deram SDL 13 and featuring 8-tracks – the UK vinyl album has always been hard to find (as has much of his output). So it’s nice to see this January 2009 CD reissue do it proud...

Remastered for CD from the original analogue tapes by Mark Powell and Paschal Byrne - Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2101 (Barcode 5813929720121) is a straightforward transfer of the album (38:43 minutes). I’ve raved about these sound engineers before - both have huge numbers of reissues under their belts and they’ve done their usual bang up job here – great presence and clarity. The 8-page booklet reproduces the inner gatefold on its centre-pages and has short but informative liner notes by Keef Hartley himself.

All tracks excepting the instrumental “Shovel A Minor” feature ELKIE BROOKS and ROBERT PALMER (then with VINEGAR JOE) on backing vocals with the mighty JESS RODEN on Lead Vocals. Other band members include Junior Keer on Guitar and Vocal, Jean Rouselle on Keyboards, Mick Weaver on Organ/Moog, Phillip Chen on Bass and Hartley on Drums.

It opens with the slow “Circles” sounding not unlike a Soulful Robin Trower with James Dewar on Vocals. The separation of the instruments and vocals is a bit harsh but amazingly clear – especially Jean Rouselle’s lovely piano playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for Jess Roden. 12 Nov 2010
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I've given this CD 5 stars for Jess Roden on vocals. Too little of his work has been released on CD, but he really shines here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 29 Nov 2010
By The Night Lamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album and i am excited to have discovered it. Its not a 'catchy' album meaning dont go into it looking for a hit single or anything, but if youre interested in meaningful, deep rock/jam music this is a good choice.
4.0 out of 5 stars “…Got To Be Happy…” – Keef Hartley "Lancashire Hustler" on Remaster CD 24 Feb 2014
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite his natty leather hat and Cherokee jacket look on the front cover of “Lancashire Hustler” - and Deram’s reputation as a Hard Progressive Rock label – this obscure Seventies album is essentially a Soul-Rock LP - and Esoteric’s wonderful new remaster of it only hammers that home. Originally released on vinyl in May 1973 on Deram SDL 13 and featuring 8-tracks – the UK vinyl album has always been hard to find (as has much of his output). So it’s nice to see this January 2009 CD reissue (April 2009 in the USA) do it proud...

Remastered for CD from the original analogue tapes by Mark Powell and Paschal Byrne - Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2101 (Barcode 5813929720121) is a straightforward transfer of the album (38:43 minutes). I’ve raved about these sound engineers before - both have huge numbers of reissues under their belts and they’ve done their usual bang up job here – great presence and clarity. The 8-page booklet reproduces the inner gatefold on its centre-pages and has short but informative liner notes by Keef Hartley himself.

All tracks excepting the instrumental “Shovel A Minor” feature ELKIE BROOKS and ROBERT PALMER (then with VINEGAR JOE) on backing vocals with the mighty JESS RODEN on Lead Vocals. Other band members include Junior Keer on Guitar and Vocal, Jean Rouselle on Keyboards, Mick Weaver on Organ/Moog, Phillip Chen on Bass and Hartley on Drums.

It opens with the slow “Circles” sounding not unlike a Soulful Robin Trower with James Dewar on Vocals. The separation of the instruments and vocals is a bit harsh but amazingly clear – especially Jean Rouselle’s lovely piano playing. Things get even more funky for “You And Me” where there’s almost as Ashford & Simpson feel to the moog and brass jabs - while I’ve always loved the chipper instrumental “Shovel A Minor” sounding not unlike Greenslade going into boogie mode if you can imagine such a thing. It has brass pumps – guitar flicks that go all B.B. King – it’s almost fusion too in places – hard to pin down but a blast nonetheless.

Things slow down again considerably for “Australian Lady” where again the brass accompanies a moody vocal and a floating keyboard note complimenting lovely guitar flicks floating over it all. It’s unbelievably mellow and given the Deram Label rep for Progressive Rock almost wildly out of place (it even has a witty Take 3 piano interlude at the end). “Action” is probably one of the best ‘rawk’ tracks on the album – featuring fantastic guitar work and a raspy Robert Palmer adding real muscle from behind to Roden’s lead vocals. It’s near six minutes sounds at times like Free or Humble Pie with its drum and bass breaks.

Back to Trower funky with the choppy fazed guitars of “Something About You” and its mellow keyboard breaks. It ends on the massively upbeat Motown feel of “Dance To The Music” (a cover of the Sly & The Family Stone classic) that finally lets Elkie Brooks loose on the vocals and features great Steve Winwood Spencer David Group keyboards. It last over six minutes and despite its frantic need to sound like everyone’s having fun – I’m not sure it works though I think Sly would approve of the odd-sounding Moog solo.

You wouldn’t call “Lancashire Hustler” a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination and those looking for Hard Rock or Prog Rock should look elsewhere. But if you like your guitars Soulful and Funky like Robin Trower or Free or Humble can be on a good day – then hustle this little forgotten nugget into your life real soon…
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak, Not His Best 31 Aug 2009
By G. Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has a "contractual obligation" smell to it. And this is far from Robert Palmer's best work. His first band (Vinegar Joe) were one of the worst examples of "Blue eyed soul" of that era. This is easily the nadir of Keef's records.
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