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SKOL! SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!,
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This review is from: Strange Kind Of Love (Audio CD)
From the openening lines off Hallelujah man you can see that James Grant has the voice and lyrics to take you wherever he wants and when the music kicks in, the tight knit Gary Katz production and ensemble of quality session musicians brought in to complement the three peace Love and Money, you can the tell the soundtrack to that journey is going to be good.
Twentytwo years old and if this album was released new today it would not sound out of place. The time spent on the album by Katz and co getting it just right has paid off. A lot has been made about Katz's attention to detail and how he had Grant in the Studio for a long time getting the vocal just that little bit closer to perfection. When you hear the demos you can tell the differnce though. the demos show the strength and sound was mostly there and the band had what it took as musicians and writers but needed just that little bit of fine tuning to show what they were capable of.
Each track on the album is complete on its own. The Keyboards of Paul McGeechan are influenced by the eighties but not limited to the overpowering bontempi sound so popular in the decade. The Base provided by Bobby Patterson has a brooding unctuous menace at times and an uplifting funk at others. It its intersting how funky the base lines are on some of the demos along with the guitar sound and fret work they are played down on the final versions and while "less is more" works it is still nice to hear quality muscians cut loose now and again.
James Grant turned as far as he could away from Love and Money in his solo career but has recently started turning back. Bobby Patterson sadly passed away a few years back and maybe this was what prompted a rethink, maybe it was this re-release project or could have been recording and releasing "Strange Flowers", James's most up beat and rocking out solo album, either this album may have the second chance it deserves.
If you are new to Love and Money there may be a chance to hear some of these wonderful songs live once again at the solo shows albeit in a different arrangement. Paul McGeechan has downed tools in the studio once or twice in recent years to appear on stage with James and a Friends again mini reunion is rumoured to take place soon so the future is bright for L&M fans in a retro way.
Check out James Grant on his website or myspace for live dates and updates.
As Mr Sinclair said when he introduced the band on "Halfway to paradise" you get two for the price of one, not just Love but Love and Money!