CD Review – The Stumble – The World Is Tough

Posted on: Friday, Nov 3, 2006

The Stumble
“The World Is Tough”
(Star Jam Music: STU 475972-3)

I have always been a fan of Preston-based guitarist Colin Black, ever since catching him years ago with The Hideaway Blues Band. Now, after several false starts – Lester Sugar, Off The Wall – the band are stabilised as The Stumble, and are gaining a growing reputation on the live blues scene.

The band, apart from Colin Black on lead guitar are: Paul Melville (vocals), Jon Spencer (guitar), Simon Anthony (saxophone), Dave Heath (bass) and Boyd Tonner (drums). This first release contains six of the band’s own composition and four choice covers.

The album kicks off in rip-roaring style with a glorious romp through BB King’s “You Upset Me Baby”  and the rocking “Leading Me On” – full of fiery guitar from Colin Black, honking sax from Simon Anthony and the soulful vocals of Paul Melville, a quiet superb singer.

The title cut, “The World Is Tough” is driven along Elmore James-style by Jon Spencer’s slide guitar, with the show-stopping slow blues of “All Over Again” next up – 11 minutes of class, from some gorgeous soloing from Colin Black and a vocal tour-de-force from Paul Melville.

The funky “Greyhound” rides along on a Howlin’ Wolf groove, with some tasty uncredited harmonica (Mr. Black?), with other treats being the New Orleans-rumba of “Saturday Night” and a great version of Hound Dog Taylor’s “Gimme Back My Wig” with more great slide guitar.

I look forward to catching the band soon in our area but this fine release is great to be going on with for now.

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November 3rd, 2006 at 21:56
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As well as being a ‘quiet’ superb singer, Paul Melville is also a ‘quite’ superb singer – oops!