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Peter coming back to form,shame about the band,
This review is from: Reaching The Cold 100 (Audio CD)
I love Peter Green.I make no bones about it.Man of the World is firmly a feature on my desert Island.I also do not live in the past,quite the opposite,I crave new,exciting,invigorating material from this fallen genius.I get glimpses of this live,but on record,it all seems a little stilted.Reaching the Cold 100 should be Peter returning to roots blues,route one,guitar,a blues tune,and a harp.Yes,we do get all three on this,but I'm sorry to say,the sound around him is,well,shoddy.
The drums sound like a blues bands home demo from 1989,the bass playing from the best forgotten part of the eighties,and the songs..brilliant in part,dreadful in others.
Cool Down shows much promise,but just wish Green had sung it,but does pitch in(apparently)with a cool wha wha solo.
My main gripe is that Nigel sings so many songs in his dreadful whine.Green's voice is sublime,USE IT!Spiritual Thief sounds like a great song that is never allowed to get going thanks to a stilted groove,and pointless middle 8 from Watson,whereas Green really for once seems comfortable singing a song with substance,sadly undermined by lacklustre keyboard playing from Roger Cotten.
I wish someone would wake up and hire Peter a proper band.A professional band,that can interpret his genius,instead of a bunch of blueso's who shouldn't even have a residency at the dog and duck.
So I give this album three stars,for Green.I love seeing him well,playing and hopefully happy.I just feel agrieved that he seems to have got mixed up in the wrong crowd who write inconsequential and shallow songs for him,singling out bass player Stroud's utter inability to construct even the simplest of tune.
I got given this CD as a friend of a friend wordks for their records company.I was so excited as I put it on,but sonically it sounds like they'd be better off doing Mustang Sally and being done with it.
Awful production,part good,part inexcusable songs,utterly laughable production.
good luck Peter,I hope you break free soon.