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5.0 out of 5 stars Climax Shine, 1 July 2012
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A. Smith "Alyn Smith" (Salisbury, England) - See all my reviews
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Commercially speaking, this is where Climax started their downhill slide, but for me this is a much better album than the previous years Gold Plated which was hugely successful. A much more complete set of stronger songs where each department of the band's strengths really do shine. From the opening smooth but strong Makin' Love, driven unusually (for Climax) by acoustic guitar the wonderful harmonies around Colin Cooper's lead vocal set the tone for the album, but also Pete Haycock's guitar weaving through the song is quite magnificent. Mistress Moonshine is irresistibly funky, building slowly and again with harmonies of the highest quality, it's a song that is infectious and so pleasing. When Talking... is just the best 'ballad' Climax ever recorded, heartfelt yet still uplifting thanks to a brilliant sax solo, Climax at their best. Whatcha Feel is half the song it became when played live but still has a heavyweight funk feel to it that shows off just how good Climax were in this style...it soon became a live favourite, stretching out to 10 or 11 minutes, showcasing sax and guitar without becoming egotistical solo-ing, keeping the playing in context with the funk laid down by the song. The Gospel Singer proves just how versatile the band were, even within the context of an 8 track album. It is a genuine gospel blues - if only by the fact that Colin's vocals take you there, but in fact the whole effect is pure. Teardrops is (for me) the track that is the only slightly weak link on the album but even this is raised by a great sax solo. Like A Movie - on the face of it a simple, light, possibly commercially-geared offering (owing a little to Couldn't Get It Right in tone and pace) but a very pleasing song and again Pete Haycock's guitaring weaving around in an understated but technically brilliant way, making the overall sound of the track so good. And finally - throw to one side all the subtleties and melodic style and 'rock out' :-) Champagne & Rock and Roll is a wonderful way to finish the album, for a studio track it has full tilt energy and a really rough edged live sound with the band all obviously enjoying letting themselves go - a fitting tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd who the band toured with and risked life and limb with. Colin belts it out and Pete's slide guitar is awesome.
The extra track Makin' Love edit is not exactly worthy, in fact it's a bit annoying tagged on the end of the album. What would have been nice might have been a track or two from the Warner Brothers Radio Show from Miami 79 (split between Shine On & Real To Reel CDs) generally available on bootleg but presumably the property of Warner Brothers as was Shine On (although 'a track or two' may fall a bit short - a full release would be most welcome as it's a superb live set).
Still, this is Climax at their best in my opinion, their most complete album, as much as I love Real To Reel and Flying The Flag, Shine On is 'the one'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 27 Nov 2013
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M. A. Tozer - See all my reviews
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I have this on vinyl, and its a frequent visitor to my turn table, and there's not a bad track on it. I've been waiting years for CD re-issue as my vinyl is starting to wear.
It marked a departure from Climax's original blues sound, and is much more commercial sounding.
Stand out tracks for me are champagne And Rock and Roll (written while touring supporting ZZ Top on a US tour), when Taking Is Too Much Trouble, a great Pete Haycock ballad (sadly Pete passed away a few weeks ago), and Like A Movie.
A great more easy listening album, and my favourite Climax album of them all.
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