- Vinyl (3 Feb. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Not Bad Records
- ASIN: B00H7EMHL2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (LP Gatefold, 180G Vinyl) [VINYL]
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The debut album by the legendary blues rock band led by ace drummer Aynsley Dunbar. The Retaliation are rated by many blues aficionados as one the three greatest British Blues bands, along with Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The Melody Maker called it 'An exceptional debut' in its enthusiastic review at the time.
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The music can be described as bluesyrock and maybe a bit like early Fleetwood Mac. These reissues really capture the essence of the late '60s/ early '70s because the more I listen to them, the more I can feel my facial hair and sideburns grow! If you like early Fleetwood Mac, I'm sure you'll like these albums. What you'll definitely like though, is the quality of the vinyl; it's superb and surprisingly cheap. The vinyl comes in paper sleeves and although I'd prefer anti-static sleeves, I won't knock off a star for that. Right, I'm off to play it again...:)
The band's real forte was slow blues, featuring Morshead's restrained reverb-laden lead guitar, Brox's smokey vocals and keyboards and the jazzy rhythm section of Dunbar/Dmochowski - like the included "My Whiskey HeadWoman" featuring Brox's cornet. Most of the tracks were self-composed but a very average version of the blues standard "See See Rider" was included, as well as a fine, dramatic take on "Memory Pain" by Percy Mayfield - for me the most successful track here. We also get two instrumentals "Sage Of Sidney Street" and "Mutiny", as well as "Watch 'N' Chain" - a take on an old blues by Mance Lipscomb and several other pretty average mid-tempo blues.
At the time the Retaliation were never as successful as contemporaries John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac or Chicken Shack and while today this Ian Samwell produced record still sounds OK and the playing throughout is very good, the songs aren't really strong enough and the overall group sound is just a bit flat and dull - three and a half stars.