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same old blues [import]proud mary (artista) | formato: audio cd descrizionebrani1.give a little love2.very best friend3.don't it all look ugly4.all good things5.somewhere down the line6.time on our hands7.just for you8.salt of the earth9.same old blues
It's a tradition that dates back to the early heyday of rock & roll: Brits playing rough-and-ready American rhythm & blues. The Same Old Blues, the debut from UK four piece Proud Mary, proudly lives up to this tradition. Combining the street-fighting spirit of vintage Rolling Stones (there's even a cover of "Salt of the Earth" from their classic Beggar's Banquet) with the down-to-earth roughness of the Faces, Proud Mary champion the sound of the American South (their name is after all taken from the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song). Their retro sound is enhanced by the use of acoustic guitar, harmonica, Hammond organ and piano on songs like "Give A Little Love", "Very Best Friend" and the album highlights "Don't It All Look Ugly" and "Somewhere Down The Line". Throughout, Noel Gallagher's production is kept basic, leaving enough roughness around the edges to give The Same Old Blues an appropriately vintage sound. It may not be the most original album but at least Proud Mary do their influences proud. --Robert Burrow
Top Customer Reviews
Oasis man Noel Gallagher signed Proud Mary up a few years ago, and he must have loved something about them to convince him that they were worth the time and the money, despite writing and performing music from a genre that had become somewhat lost in the airwaves, and you can actually see why Noel had faith in them.
Reliving the good old days of blues rock, Proud Mary have written 8 satisfyingly bluesy, if not totally original, songs that could be up there with some of the greats, and one cover version of The Rolling Stones', 'Salt Of The Earth', which may surprise many people in the fact that it's not the best track on the album. Despite its short length of just over half an hour, 'The Same Old Blues' (an apt, but good title) does provide everything that's expected of it, and perhaps a little more. Mainly acoustic work, the influences of the previously mentioned bands shine right through. But don't get them wrong they are not copycat artists, they do add their own little touches. For example, the vocalist has a voice that isn't really like many others, and has an almost country vibe to it, which is quite surprising when you find out that they're from a similar area to where Oasis come from...
But everything is in its rightful place and is exactly where it should be. Opener, 'Give A Little Love' has a very nice acoustic opening, and slowly (the chosen word, this is not a high-paced record) moves into the signs of things to come. Smooth bluesy guitars, direct, if simple drum work, and gravely cigarette tinged vocals.Read more ›
I wasn't familiar with their music, although I had heard the name before. When we were living together several years ago, he had done some work on the video for their debut single, "Very Best Friend" and been invited to the album launch party, where the Gallagher brothers were in attendance. In fact, it's probably this that stopped me listening to Proud Mary's album sooner, as Oasis were big fans, to the extent that this album was produced by Noel and Gem and released on Noel Gallagher's own record label.
Damn my prejudices. For four years, I could have been a fan and I'm only now discovering what I've been missing.
There's not a huge amount of variation on sound of the album, with most of the tracks having a country-rock sound and none of them really getting above mid-tempo. If you're not a fan of that kind of music, it's likely to get very boring very quickly. But if you're a fan of the likes of the Jayhawks and the Counting Crows, you'll probably like this album. The fall somewhere between those two bands, playing less bouncy songs than the Counting Crows and being a little less rocky than the Jayhawks.
Unfortunately, it is a very short album, containing only nine tracks and running for only 32 minutes. However, it is an enjoyable 32 minutes, assuming you like this kind of music, as I do.
Sadly, despite the Oasis connection, this was a band that was never likely to make it big in the UK.Read more ›
The opening track, "Give A Little Love", sets the tone for most of the album. Sounding a little like The Rolling Stones, a little like Lynyrd Skynyrd, with overtones of George Harrison's solo work, this is a fine retro-sounding rock n' roll album that draws heavily on sounds of the American south. A fact that makes the Sour Mash record label all the more appropriate.
The slower songs might actually be this albums main strengths, "Don't It All Look Ugly" and "Somewhere Down The Line" being particular stand-outs, but the three minute workouts such as "Very Best Friend" hold their own in fine style.
So not the most original work of the new millenium by any means, but refreshingly good of it's type. It's a wonder why Proud Mary don't feature more prominently on the musical horizon. Here's hoping they will.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Same Old Bluesi saw this band support oasis and bought the cd the very next day, it took me 5 music stores to track it down but it was well worth the trouble. Read morePublished on 24 May 2009 by Michelle Williams
Its nice to hear that other people rate this album and that there are still people out there with real taste in music. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2009 by Mr. M. E. Bennett
With all manner of praise currently being heaped upon Kings of Leon (and rightly so), we would be remiss to draw the attention of music lovers of good taste to Proud Mary. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2003
This is an outstanding album by a band who deserve to be widely heard. It offers classic bluesy rock with a slab of catchy songs that I guarantee you will be rapidly humming in the... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2003 by Mr. N. T. Robinson
To paraphrase a great man: this album is not at all like a box of chocolates - you do actually know exactly what you're going to get. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2002 by Simon C
This is a great album! For all the folks who have never heard any Proud Mary stuff get a load of this, try it, you will not be disappointed. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2002
Being a HUGE Proud Mary fan, I actually got the album on the release date! Their music is a mixture of indie rock, with a bit of neil young, paul weller, oasis, richard ashcroft,... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2002