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The unique sound of Chas and Dave...,
This review is from: That's What Happens (Audio CD)
This is a really good record with Chas and Dave not doing anything new but giving us their unique blend of rock n' roll, R&B and skiffle together with old-fashioned English pub-style singalong. Joe Henry (Hugh Laurie, Bettye LaVette, Loudon Wainwright etc) produces and keeps everything very simple and direct, letting the music speak for itself. Everything is very relaxed with Chas often bringing in the soloists with comments of "Go on Martin" etc but this certainly isn't a chaotic rambling jam - everything here is very crisp and really well-played. There are some top-name guests including guitarists Albert Lee and Martin Taylor, Jools Holland, Hugh Laurie and Crickets' drummer Jerry Allison but I also really enjoyed the fiddle of Lucy Wilkins and Greg Cohen's double bass. There are some good old blues songs like Jesse Fuller's 'San Francisco Bay Blues', Big Bill Broonzy's 'All by myself' and Leadbelly's 'Midnight Special', together with golden oldies like 'The glory of love', 'Pretty baby' and 'I can't give you anything but love' and rock and roll rarities like 'Look at me' - which are all transformed into the classic Chas and Dave-style. However, my favourite song was probably the very clever newish song 'Lonnie D' - a homage to the King of Skiffle Lonnie Donegan, closely followed by another more recent song, the single 'When two world's collide'. Great stuff from two British rock and roll veterans who have paid their dues and know their roots music but have created their own completely unique sound.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2014, 12:04:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2014, 19:50:26 GMT
G.E. Harrison must have an extremely rare copy of this CD if it contains 'San Francisco Bay Blues'. Mine, sadly, does not. Also, 'When two worlds collide' is not such a 'recent song' as all that; it was composed and performed by the late, great Roger Miller in 1961! These quibbles aside, the review is fair.
Posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:08:34 GMT
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