7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nothing new, but great fun,
This review is from: Bootleg Album/Ready (Audio CD)
The emergence of the Blues Band at the end of the 1970s was a curious occurrence, given the musical climate at the time. New wave was giving way to synth-pop, ska and bands who made a reputation out of being both miserable and inept. The debut album is full of covers, starting with an Elmore James number that features some juicy slide guitar, and this sets the tone. It had all been done before, of course, much of it by the musicians on show. But at the time it was refreshing and, if anything, it sounds even better now. They received some decent publicity at the time, but came across more like a band you'd see at the pub, except that they possessed a great deal of stagecraft. This, though, is a little overdone on one track, 'I Don't Know', on which Paul Jones draws on a little too much of his acting experience.
The second album contains a lot more original material, all of it of a good standard. 'Ready', however, doesn't quite have the same level of bonhomie. You sense that they're taking the process of recording a little more seriously. Even so, a good value release and more fun than the likes of Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire.