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Tigers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm ashamed to say that I thought Duffy Power was long dead and gone but this album recorded between 2000 and 2006 with the help of writer and session musician Colin Harper proves that he is still alive and kicking. The sound is very laid back, jazzy and subdued, with mainly just acoustic guitar backing and other occasional embellishments, including Duffy's own blues harmonica. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Duffy's voice and his songs, it reminded me very much of John Martyn or maybe an English Chris Smither. Duffy also brings the same jazzy feeling to the covers like "Johnny too bad" (probably my favourite track) and even the old chestnut "Secret love". The record also includes sax player Dick Heckstall-Smith's last session on the track 'Spaces' recorded in 1996.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2013
I first heard Duffy Power on Alexis Korner's radio show in the early 70's and went straight out and bought 'Innovations', which I've worn out on vinyl. I thought ill-health had caused him to retire, so was delighted when I stumbled across Tigers on Amazon. Duffy Power's voice has a unique quality, which is still there 30 years later on this fine album. His voice and guitar playing have both matured and improved with age, but on Tigers there are (deliberate ?)phrases and echoes from his first album, which is one of my prized records. He deserves far wider acclaim, but sometimes it's nice to be aware of a great player whose integrity hasn't been hyped away.Long may he continue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
Duffy has a special place in my heart since the mid sixties and he knows why. He introduced me to the Blues and my love of them continues. Duffy's knowledge was amazingly ahead of other Brits except, of course, for dear Alexis Korner who was a solid friend. I remember going to see some of those on the same "scene" at Les Cousins with Duffy. He was established and they were gigging for peanuts or nothing. He got breaks, but somehow things didn't work out for him which is a shame. Many of them made it to the big time; go figure. He knew them all; but the music business is very fickle. Duffy rarely gets a mention from any of those who have him to thank for having the guts to sing the blues before they became popular and he was considered the first top British harp player. He refused to be commercial and perhaps that was his mistake, but he didn't want to sell his soul. Anyway, back to this album. Sadly I was left feeling disappointed, bit to folky for my taste; loved the harp and guitar, but had hoped that with age Duffy's voice would have deepened. It has not.
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Every song on this album absolutely shines, the cliché 'all killer - no filler' is really true in the case of this criminally overlooked record. Duffy was certainly one of the best blues singers this country has ever produced but here the palate is extended well beyond the blues to include the reggae classic 'Johnny Too Bad', though he gives it a non reggae treatment and the old Kathy Kirby curtain closer 'Secret Love' is laid back and lovely. The listener's attention is held throughout, which is pretty amazing considering most of it consists of just Duffy, his voice, guitar and harmonica. He was a remarkable talent who should be as highly regarded as John Martyn [who to me was a colossus] but never really achieved any commercial success but was regarded highly by the best British musicians of his day.
There are two 'great lost albums' for me - one is 'The House on the Hill' by Audience and the other is 'Tigers' by Duffy Power.
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on 28 June 2013
It's great to have this recent example of a fine British blues singer's work. Let's hope he keeps putting out music of this quality.
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