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4.0 out of 5 stars out of prison and back to the blues, 29 Aug 2011
Mr. H "Mr H" (Embra) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Transformation (Audio CD)
Back out of jail, after serving time for a parole violation, Eric Gales doesn't let time go to waste, before proclaiming his innocence on the opening 'Railroaded'. It's the first of a few autobiographical tunes on his new CD, with the title track, 'Transformation', the best of them, telling the tale of the personal demons that led him down the path of drugs and prison. Hopefully, his assertions that he has seen the light will come to pass.

It's a stronger record than "Relentless", and his guitar playing is as good as its ever been. Mind you, he had his guitar in prison with him, and I'm sure there was plenty of time to practice while he was there. He won the Best Blues Player award in Guitarist Magazine last year, and you'll have to look hard to find a better one this year. Take a listen to 'I Pity The Fool'. and then point me in the direction of better playing. You'll struggle.

Elsewhere, there is a fantastic jazz tinged number in the shape of 'Double Dippin, whilst elsewhere he carries on from earlier releases in rock rooted blues. The best of this is probably 'Altered Destiny', which adds in some seventies psychedelic shredding to the mix. Mike Varney does his usual job behind the desk, and the other members of the trio, bass player Aaron Haggerty and drummer Steve Evans, do a bang up job.

As rockin' blues go, this is one of the best of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire In The Belly!, 1 July 2013
J. M. Green "john94682" (Sutton Coldfield) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Transformation (Audio CD)
So - do you like the blues? Do you like guitar oriented blues/rock of the classic 70'/80's vintage? Then you shouldn't need me to tell you to get a copy of any of Eric Gales' recent albums!
Now, I've been banging on about how good Mr.Gales is as a guitarist/songwriter for some time, expounding the virtues of this excellent musician and, fresh out of jail for alledged non-compliance with previous court orders, he seems to have more fire in his belly than before with the issue of TRANSFORMATION.
People have been currently on about Gary Clark Jr and his Hendrix-esque qualities but the real deal is Eric Gales and although he doesn't like to trade on his Hendrix-like riffs and runs, if that's what floats your boat then you really have to give this man a listen!
Kicking off with "Railroaded" we hear Mr Gales version of events leading up to his arrest and jailing with a guitar accompaniament that is so fluid as to be liquid gold. But if you think that that's a corker wait until you get your ears around "Tortured Mind", "I Pity The Fool" "Time Waits For No
One", "Transformation" "Sometimes Wrong Feels Right" and "Sea Of Bad Blood" - this man just oozes the blues and blues/rock and while his vocals are not overly strong they are certainly tuneful and in full keeping with the style of music on display within this album - but let's face it when the guitar playing is this good, weak(er) vocals are NEVER going to be an issue.
All in all, this is a strong and strident batch of songs from a musician at the top of his game - just a pity he's not picking up the accolades he's due - at least not from this side of the pond (yet!)
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