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Waiting a long time to be disappointed - definitely not in the public interest,
This review is from: In The Public Interest (Audio CD)
In my youth, I used to travel all over the UK to see bands like Bakerloo and Colosseum, both of which were fantastic bands - due to the quality of the musicians, but they were bands very much of their time. Colloseum listened to now, sound boring and ludicrously self-indulgent. Clempson is one of those very "British" rock musicians of a certain era, who as, Keith Richards said of MIck Taylor: "he was a great guitarist - but that's all he was". Cruel, but true. Clem is indeed a great guitarist, and has had a deservedly very good career as a session musician. But unfortunately , like many of his ilk (e.g. Stan Webb, Mick Abrahams, etc.,) has always lacked the other qualities that propelled a few of his contemporaries to altogether different heights. He can't write good lyrics and he can't sing that well either. Here he is surrounded by others of the same "nearly but not quite league". The whole thing although very competent, just lacks anything that makes it interesting. All sounds very dated. Pity really, just another "hey I'm still going - just like the old days" album - of which there are a depressingly increasing number these days, where we are reminded that the lens of time is not always kind.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2014 19:55:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2014 15:45:04 GMT
C. Heath says:
Good, objective review. I'm a Clempson fan though and I have been since seeing him with Bakerloo, Humble Pie and Colosseum (looks like you are as old as I am!) so I'll be giving it a try. Though let's face it, Eric Clapton (and many of the others who have 'made it' in your terms I guess) can't sing, writes cringe-making lyrics (Wonderful Tonight, 'Heaven', Layla etc.) and is definitely the World's most over-rated guitarist (I've seen pub-players a lot better than Clapton - many times - ever see The Hamsters?).
Update - March 2013 - i've now had time to listen to this and it's not at all bad - very good in fact. Yes, it's got a retro feel but the bloke is over 60 and from my point of view that's good!! Some great stuff on here although he could have probably ditched Maggie Bell and Chris Farlowe without detriment. Nice blues playing and as per previous comments. His voice is certainly better than Clapton's nasal whine and his guitar playing is top drawer. Nice album for those who remember Bakerloo. No idea why Clem doesn't get Keith Baker and Terry Poole back 'on board' again and give us 'Bakerloo II' - nearly 50 years after the first album!!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 03:19:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 03:20:07 GMT
Yes I guess we are about the same age! I bought the album and it has grown on me - Clem's talent tone and feel for blues style is clear and has always been undeniable, so two stars was on the harsh side: I agree Maggie Bell and Chris Farlowe are definitely superfluous. "Bakerloo II" would be very interesting. Terry Poole is still alive so you never know!
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