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4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Of The Blues Band
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on 26 November 2015
The Blues Band appeared at the Exeter Corn Exchange and they were very good, despite having been on the stage for over 30 years, and Paul Jones was as good as ever. Quote )my own) review: ' For the penultimate number on the first set Kelly broke into Elmore James / Robert Johnson's 'Dust My Blues', a song that was given a new lease life in the 1960s by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Jones gave a memorable performance on wailing harmonica and Kelly reminisced of how he had the honour to play with blues-men Freddy King and Howling Wolf at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1969 when tickets cost 12 shilling and six pence!
They finished the first set with the title track from a Jones' CD, Paul quipping, “The album is called 'Suddenly I Like It', and gradually you will too – not too gradually I hope.” He stated it included amazing performances by pianist Jools Holland and American blues-guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa.
After a 20 minute interval they cracked into 'Say You Will', on 'the thorny topic of mature relationships', with Fletcher on ukulele. 'Some Day Baby' followed featuring guest Ray Beavis on tenor saxophone. D.K. remarked that they had first played with Beavis at the Town and Country Club in 1991! Paul Jones then led on 'The Bad Boy' that he deemed 'semi-autobiographical', probably reflecting the time before he converted to Christianity in the mid-eighties. The r&b standard 'Hallelujah, I Love Her So' followed. During the concert Jones revealed an amazing talent for engaging the audience and in recreating the authentic tones of the Deep South. McGuinness played lead on 'Rain Keep Falling', with brief solos from Fletcher and Townshend, before he mimicked the whole Hendrix shabang of playing guitar behind his head for a number of verses, alternating phrases with Beavis's saxophone.
Jones remarked they were 'impressed by the audiences impeccable taste', then ending with a slow tempo version of Chuck Berry's 'Little Queenie', D.K. hamming the words to the third verse. After leaving the stage, much applause led to an encore of the Ray Charles / Louis Jordan standard 'Let the Good Times Roll'. God bless them all. This is an excellent double CD and worth every penny - if you like the Blues!
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on 18 June 2014
If you are thinking of downloading MP3 version BEWARE. tracks are messed up and after reporting same am still waiting for fix after almost two months !... it would be a simple thing to do but seems beyond capability of Amazon
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 January 2018
This is as good as the blues gets, by one of the finest bands as well ! Believe me over their current thirty eight years playing The Blues Band have set the standard, the line up of Paul Jones (harp/vocals), Dave Kelly (vocals / guitar) Tom McGuinness (vocals/ guitar) Gary Fletcher (bass /Vocals & guitar) and Rob Townsend on drums make them such a great band wherever they play, and mostly featuring sold out notices. This set of the best is superbly remastered, still sounds as fresh and exciting as the day they were recorded. Throughout the band are on top form with a top class selection of tracks, songs you'll hear on the live shows.
Little else to say but that this is an unmissable set by the best in every way. Don't hesitate get it, and have a party.
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on 30 July 2015
The music is excellent but the case had the middle bit broken that holds CDs in place. I didn't return as I just swapped it for a spare case I have.
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VINE VOICEon 5 December 2012
After seeing The Blues Band live in Chesterfield a few weeks ago i thought how have i not got anything by them on CD (I had only borrowed the "Homage" CD before). I bought the "Few short Lines" CD on the night which only left me wanting more.So a quick look on Amazon and blimey for less than a tenner I've now got an amazing 41 track overview of the band. Just a mention of a couple of standout tracks the version of Dylans "Maggies Farm" is brilliant and "Half the man(twice the fool)"is equally brilliant. As well as Paul Jones excellent harmonica I like the way the other band members share the vocals, I feel this adds to the all round feel of this compelation. The package also contains a very good potted history of the band.To sum up if you are into the blues you just cannot go wrong.
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on 30 July 2017
A great addition to my collection. A fine group of musicians playing and singing great songs. A good live act to see.
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on 16 August 2016
Paul should have never left music performance as I'm sure he realises now he's a natural a true pro as are all the band.
Want to hear how it's done listen to this.
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on 8 January 2018
Great CD
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on 9 September 2017
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on 25 October 2016
Really, really like this band. Excellent vocals, guitar and harmonica - what more could you ask for in a blues band!
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