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Blues Helping (2008 remaster with bonus tracks) - Love Sculpture. Instant Classic rocking Blues,
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This is the first album from Love Sculpture, the Welsh blues rock trio famous for Dave Edmonds and Sabre Dance. Also present are their singles from the period (one issued under the name 'the Human Beans'). The band had apparently experimented with a few styles of music in the search of commercial success, before settling on the blues and recording this. If the story in the liner notes is true, and the trio had pretty much never even heard of the blues before walking into the recording studio then I am incredibly impressed, as this comes across as a loving tribute to well known songs, put together by talented musicians with a real feel for the music.
The album starts off with the Stumble - a blistering guitar workout that gave us our first introduction to the guitar hero that is Dave Edmonds. It's a killer opener track, better than Pete Green's version on John Mayall's 'Hard Road' album. As a huge fan of Greeney, coming from me that is incredibly high praise.
The album then works it's way through a series of blues standards - BB King's '3O'clock blues', Howling Wolf's 'Wand Dang Doodle', 'Summertime', and a bit of Elmore James in a masterful version of 'Shake your hips'.
The tracks rock, the vocals are excellent (especially on 'Summertime'), and the musicianship is superb. An album that often finds itself in my CD player, it's real good foot tapping music. It does exactly what it says on the tin - delivers a helping of classic blues.
The singles are interesting for the completist, but I feel add little to the album. However, along with Esoteric's release of their second album (Forms and Feelings) this gives you Love Sculpture's complete recorded output.
The CD production is very good, the remastering and mix gives a nice clean sound, the liner notes are informative, and the reproduction of the original artwork interesting.
An excellent set, well worth getting for any fan of Cream, early Fleetwod Mac and the like. Also worth getting "Form's and Feelings" to get an idea of how the band moved away from 'pure' blues.