Review: Snowy White – In Our Time . . . Live

Posted on: Thursday, Sep 30, 2010

“In Our Time . . . Live”

Having being treading the boards for over 40 years now, guitarist Snowy White, has rubbed shoulders with rock royalty, being in Thin Lizzy and Pink Floyd, as well as fronting several of his own bands and also toured extensively with Roger Waters on his two-year “Dark Side Of The Moon” trek around the world.

He has become known for his trademark Les Paul Goldtop, and has deep blues roots, hugely influenced by the legendary Peter Green. This live album, recorded at De Boerderji, Zoetermeer, Holland in February of this year, reprises some of the “In Our Time Of Living” studio recording – from that time Matt Taylor again shares guitar and vocal duties, with Ruud Weber Jr. on bass, who also sings, and new drummer Roy Martin, replaced Juan Van Emmerloot.

A generous 15 tracks include virtually a 50/50 split of original band compositions, with some choice blues covers – all beautifully played, the two guitars in perfect harmony, and the super-tight rhythm section – the packed Dutch crowd are totally appreciative and sound like they are having a ball!

Proceedings get off to a laid-back start on Weber’s “Blue To The Bone”, with a nice dual guitar line, with Leadbelly’s “Good Morning Blues” taking the pace up, with more searing guitar work. Snowy White doffs his cap to Peter Green on a sprightly “Long Grey Mare” from the early days of Fleetwood Mac. The title track of “In Our Time Living” is an epic eight minutes plus, penned by Matt Taylor . . . a lovely slow blues with more guitar fireworks!

Possibly the album highlight for me is the two-song acoustic interlude . . . firstly the Skip James classic that Cream covered, “I’m So Glad”, with fine acoustic picking; and the great Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee favourite, “Walk On”, with again top picking and audience participation on the chorus . . . great stuff.

The pace is taken up on a rousing cover of the late, great Freddie King’s “Woman Across The River”, with some serious duelling between Snowy White’s Les Paul and Matt Taylor’s Fender. The penultimate track, “One Way Ticket” sees more great guitar interplay and slide work; the album closing with another Peter Green song, “World Keeps Turning”, which sounds like a well-deserved encore, and I’m sure performed entirely solo by White.

Definitely one for the guitar fans . . . over 70 minutes of quality blues, sometimes with a rocky edge, all of top quality, delivered by four very fine musicians.


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