You know what, in the 70s the music produced by A+M, whatever else you may think of it, was always well recorded. Artists that spring to mind were Joan Armatrading, Strawbs and, of course, Andy Fairweather Low.
Andy produced a series of three terrific LPs during the decade in question and I thought I owed him another purchase. After a bit of research I found this CD and it didn't disappoint. All the usual AFL characteristics are present and correct. It provides what it says on the CD cover, Sweet Soulful Music, with clever witty songs, a light rock feel, and Andy's voice. We even have the added bonus of Glyn Johns providing Audio Production, Engineering, and Producing. What more could one ask for.
Andy Fairweather Low is perhaps best known as the frontman for the almighty Amen Corner, and more recently as a stalwart of Eric Clapton's band. He has been heard all to rarely on solo albums over the years, which really is a shame, as he is a great artist who makes albums full of charm.
With a style firmly rooted in the rhythm and blues which he has been recording for the last 40 years, this album is a set of foottapping, catchy and enjoyable songs. My personal favourites are the opener, `One More Rocket', and `Zazzy#', a wonderfully bouncy number. Helped along by some equally talented people such as Rabbit Bundrick (keyboards) and Henry Spinetti (drums), there is a feeling that everyone involved was having a fun time, which makes for a great atmosphere n the recording.
This is one of my favourite albums, and rarely gets taken out of the CD player. If you like this then check out the recent reissue of his mid `70s A&M albums, collected together on Wide Eyed and Legless: the a&M Recordings. I can't find any other solo records from this underrated artist, if anyone knows of any I'd be glad to hear about them.
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Do yourself a favour, listen to this. They have the feel and the touch, they don't need to be over produced. And that voice, it's been in my head since the Amen Corner time. Once heard, never forgotten, you know who it is straight away. If you can find a copy, buy it!
This album is superb. Wonderful songwriting from Andy Fairweather Low. If you are discovering him for the first time, or like me you were a fan in the 60's and 70's you will not be disappointed. Even better go and watch him live. He sings songs from his albums + a mix of blues, gospel, and country. A brilliant entertainer.
Sweet Soulful Music is a gem of an album. I really like this record and listen to it often. Contains soulful, inspired melodies and lyrics and reflects a variety of fine influences. I fancy I can hear references to The Ink Spots & Jimi Hendrix amongst others. Highly recommend it.
I bought 'La Booga Rooga' back in the 70s and loved it. Of course, Andy was no stranger to the spotlight even then but boy did he have what it takes to do something magical with a tune and some words. So with this in mind, I bought 'Sweet Soulful Music'. Wow! 30 years on, older and wiser he may be but the songs on this new CD are simply divine. Moving on from the funk-edge that was 'Rooga', I'd say 'Soulful' is more rootsy, vaguely Cooder-esque. But Andy's definitely his own man here. Can't wait to hear these songs live when Andy goes on tour in the UK [October / November 2006]. Enjoy!
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