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4.0 out of 5 stars More top-notch British Blues!, 9 May 2007
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J. HOLMES (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys/Remain (Audio CD)
This cd features the last 2 of the 4 albums released by the Retaliation. Once again, some beautifully played blues, although "To Mum" & "Remains" also contain one or two tracks that are more experimental. Having said that, there is enough here to please any devotee of British blues, and is a reminder of a band sadly overlooked in the years since they broke up nearly 4 decades ago! Although all band members are outstanding in their own right I must highlight particularly the guitar playing of John Morshead, who has an exquisite touch, similar to Peter Green, but definitely not a copier of him, since both were evolving their style at the same time. The wonderful slow blues "Downhearted", on "Remains to be Heard" says it all about John's playing - the guitar solo will make your spine tingle!! Don't just buy this set, but invest in the other one as well, which contains their first 2 albums.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem, 14 April 2007
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roger (switzerland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys/Remain (Audio CD)
These guys were the number....best band I ever had the privilege of seeing live and that was some time ago. They truly strutted their stuff live, kicking some extremely groovy, funky down-and dirty blues ass. This album just gives an idea of their power but there are three blues masterpieces on here. Journey's End is bliss...a mood that feels like it could go on forever, healing and redemptive. Down and Down is mean and cathartic as is Run You Off the Hill. These guys were great musicians.....John Morshead playing some exquisite and sensitive blues licks...lots of emotion....a scandalously underrated talent, up there with Peter Green. Tommy Eyre....funkiest organist ever, really driving things along. A joy to hear. And of course Aynsley himself...the engine. But the band as a whole produce a sound that I can't get enough of...this is electric blues at its best. And Hendrix thought they were so hot he jammed with them and the likes of Jimmy Page et al went out of their way to catch them live. Tragic that their set at the Fillmore in '69 was wiped because their management were too mean to pay for the recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys/Remains to be Heard, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Excellent British Blues, 23 Mar 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys/Remain (Audio CD)
This excellent twofer offers the third and fourth albums recorded by the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, a British blues band of the late `60s, fronted by drummer Aynsley Dunbar. A criminally overlooked addition to the British Blues scene of the late `60s, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation recorded some classic albums that should be in the collection of any lover of the genre.

The quality of the music is superb, they really captured the feel of genuine American blues, but managed to stamp it with a distinctly British accent. The tracks are all originals, penned by the group, and evoke the New Orleans/ Chicago style of blues. But this is no mere copycat exercise, there is an experimental, jazzy tinge to the sound, sometimes reminiscent of early Jethro Tull or Blodwyn Pig, that adds depth to the music. And I love the lyrics, meaningful and memorable, backed with some classy and elegant musicianship.

In this release the two albums have been nicely remastered, and have an excellent sound. There is an informative booklet, with an interesting essay. The two discs and booklet are collected into a foldout digipack the same size as a normal jewel case. An excellent release of some excellent music. Highly recommended to all fans of early Tull, Keef Hartley, Cream and the like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars guitar hero, 16 Oct 2011
This review is from: To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys/Remain (Audio CD)
Not all of this CD is fabulous, but there are enough great tracks to make it a very worthwhile purchase. Jon Morshead's guitar playing is sublime and the emotions he evokes stay in the head for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars aynsley dunbar, 14 July 2013
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one of the best blues albums ever .producer john mayall in his best .
great vouice great sound all around
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