Bend in the Road
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On August 28th, 1012 legendary guitarist Jeremy Spencer, an original member of Peter Green s Fleetwood Mac, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and featured artist on Propelz, is releasing the CD version of his epic album, Bend In The Road. Packing a vintage vibe , the masterfully crafted collection of songs coming from the deepest core of his heart fuses Spencer s artistry as a consummate slide guitarist, singer/songwriter, interpreter, and illustrator. Sounding as authentically tasty and fiery as ever, Spencer displays a far wider guitar palette, insight, and conviction that have continued to evolve since his long absence from the public eye. Bend In The Road, which was released as a limited edition double LP for International Record Store Day in April 2012, is now available worldwide on CD. Destined to be a classic that ever increasingly entertains with each listen, the CD features 14 tracks --1 of which is exclusive: Homework (but without the songs Jambo, Strange Woman, The Sun is Shining, and Blind Lover, which only appear on the Limited LP Edition). In Fleetwood Mac, Jeremy shared the spotlight with reticent star-super nova Peter Green, embodying Elmore James riffs and vocals obsessively and uncannily. He possessed an equal fervor and absolute command of quintessential early rock and roll, personifying personal hero Buddy Holly and his ilk spot on. On 'Bend In The Road,' the Elmore and Buddy influences and impeccable blues and rock rendering remain intact and vibrant, while also present is a new collaborative nature. He selflessly trades guitar licks and support with Brett Lucas (the young Detroit guitarist and aficionado who co-produced the album and whose band augments the proceedings) in the way Green and Kirwan shared on the iconic "Albatross", the torching "Like It This Way" and the introspective "World In Harmony". On the album s elegant "Merciful Sea", producer Brett managed to persuade Jeremy to reveal his hereto unsung, intimate, and affecting piano playing for all to marvel. Throughout these tracks one can hear an expansive range of influences from Django to Marty Robbins. Jeremy plays effortlessly while seamlessly incorporating these influences and making them his own, as natural and easy of a fit as that of his beloved ceramic slides. This record is a career culmination of technique meeting soul that has a transcendent, Layla-esque, quality. With its escalating and emotive sequence of songs, which are spiritually driven and invested (recalling LPs of yore, but without sounding dated), the album instead sounds intoxicatingly assured, relaxed, and out of the blue resonant.
Top Customer Reviews
"Bend In The Road" was originally released as a limited edition double LP for International Record Store Day in April 2012, and the CD has a few differences. The record contained 17 tracks, four of which were exclusive to that release. So, the CD repeats the other 13 tracks plus adds one more new song, just to really annoy the folks who bought the album.
And things haven't changed a lot in the world of Jeremy Spencer in the 40 odd years since his time in Fleetwood Mac. He still likes slide guitar blues, and sometimes dips into country grooves, but this album could have come from any point in his career. You know where you are when he kicks things off with 'Homesick', a song originally recorded by James Williamson in 1952, and it's a real showcase for Spencer's slide guitar. And given his past you won't be surprised to see him have a crack at 'Cry for Me Baby', an old Elmore James tune.
He's got a second guitarist along with in the guise of Brett Lucas, who also co-produced the album and their interplay is a real treat. As one of the survivors of the Mac, it's great to see Mr Spencer in such fine fettle, and this record comes highly recommended.