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Sophisticated - This Ain't!
on 15 November 2013
Over many years, I have listened to an awful lot of music of all genres and always come back to the work of Leslie West because of all the Blues, Blues/Rock, Rock musicians, this one was the one who always got closest to the sound that hit me in the nether regions the most.
Now, over 40 years on, he gives us yet another large helping of aural delights and, do you know what? It may very well be his best yet - only time will tell if this is the single album that I will keep coming back to, specifically.
We read with horror that the man went into hospital to have a leg amputated mid 2011 and that, you would have thought, would be that. But, oh no, not our Leslie - he goes into the studios records a blinder of an album which includes some great (and unusual!)covers and pairs up with a number of guests to underscore how well respected by his peers (young and old) he really is.
Kicking off with a loud and heavy "Dyin' Since The Day I Was Born" Leslie hits his stride in company with Mark Tremonti and this truly sets a standard from which there is absolutely no deviation. The sound is raunchy and the guitars blistering with nice trade off's between the two musicians and Leslie's vocals at their gravelly best. Before you know it, the guitars change to the most searing and dirty slides you'll hear this side of hell with Leslie and one, legendary and iconic, Johnny Winter, trading licks on "Busted, Disgusted Or Dead" with a set of lyrics to amuse - why this kind of music is no longer considered de-riguer for all I will never, ever know - it is truly emotive!
"Fade Into You" and "Not Over You At All" run nice and bluesy before we come onto "Tales Of Woe", an acoustic interlude where Leslie asks whether you could "walk a mile in my shoe"...showing that whilst life has thrown all sorts at him, his sense of humour remains undaunted...inspiring and funny!
As I say, this is an exceptional album of great music that is recorded as sharp as a pin and "should" draw in more listeners to this genre of music. Patently, it won't, but then that is very much at the loss of those who will never hear ANY of this material.
For those that do like this art form or indeed, like Leslie, I cannot recommend this album more highly to you!