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Mick Taylor Band -" Little Red Rooster".,
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I grew up playing the Blues in the 1960's and I still do the local Blues Festivals today (N. Ireland). I first heard of Mick Taylor when he joined The Stones for their July 1969 concert in Hyde Park. I've bought his music, seen him play (with John Mayall),and had my my first real encounter with supreme quality slide guitar playing through him. He was tasty, laid-back, unassuming and a master of his art.
And it all shines through on this "live" album. No overdubs, session players or studio effects. Just a pared-back 3-piece band showcasing three very fine musicians paying good honest homage to standard and traditional blues. Don't expect "heads down", heavy guitar-trashing solos- genuine blues isn't about that. How many 3-piece bands think they are playing the blues with supersonic, over-long, self-indulgent solos? This band shines with the most important quality- "Feel"- perfected by a life-time of experience.John Cochlan on drums, played some great blues with Status Quo - (think of "Roadhouse Blues" on "Piledriver"), and Noel Redding was everyone's prototype Bass player with the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience. Mick Taylor turned away from turbulent super-stardom with The Stones to focus his skills on "The Blues". Just listen also to his Tokyo concert recorded more recently in May 2009. Only seven tracks on here, but oozing, full of goodness. I'll bet he didn't even want to be credited as "Band Leader!
O.K., similarly, there are only 5 tracks on this "Little Red Rooster" album, "live" from Hungary in 2001, and each one is very long, ranging from over eight to nearly fifteen minutes each but you will enjoy standards such as Catfish Blues, Red House, Little Red Rooster, You Shook Me and I Wonder Why. All slow blues, all with long solos, but with "feel" taste and expertise with which these musicians excel.