Review: Rhythm Zoo – Hook Line and Sinker

Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010

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RHYTHM ZOO

“Hook, Line And Sinker”

(Five track live cd)

Track listing: 1. The Real Deal 2.Stormy Monday 3. Tore Down 4. Playing In The Dirt 5. Hook, Line And Sinker

From the Shropshire and Cheshire-based Rhythm Zoo, comes this five track live album recorded last September at The Ironworks venue in Oswestry – a snapshot of the band’s live show – featuring four covers and one band original.

The five-piece comprise of Andi Harrison (vocals), Steve Alden (guitar and harmonica), Dave Roberts (saxophone), Dave Wimore (bass) and Dermot Hall (drums) – with this release being a taster for an extended version that will comprise of ten tracks.

The opening “The Real Deal” is from the pen of soul/blues singer Jackie Payne, and is driven along by Dave Roberts saxophone, who also takes a fine solo on the timeless “Stormy Monday” – which features some nice guitar from Steven Alden and breathy vocal from Andi Harrison.

The Sonny Thompson classic, “Tore Down” – probably mostly associated with the late, great Freddie King – is dominated by Alden’s clean guitar lines; Robert Cray’s soulful “Playing In The Dirt” is the release’s other cover, and is nicely done with fine performances from all.

Rhythm Zoo aim to get more original songs into their live show, and the closer here, “Hook, Line And Sinker” is composed by Andi Harrison and Steve Alden, a sort of mid-paced rocker with some fiery guitar and saxophone fills that give it a 70s’ Rolling Stones feel.

GRAHAME RHODES

For further information on the band go to www.rhythm-zoo.com

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