Review: The Russ Tippins Electric Band – Electrickery
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011
THE RUSS TIPPINS ELECTRIC BAND
Here’s a rocking release that will appeal to all lovers of the ‘power trio’ . . . The Russ Tippins Electric Band, hailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who, on “Electrickery” deliver ten tracks, all original, bar one Jimi Hendrix cover, of ‘foot to the boards’ blues rock, that has already gained the band a most favourable review in “Classic Rock” magazine . . . no mean feat! Actually make that 11 tracks, with a hidden gem at the end!
The band comprises of Russ Tippins himself on guitar and vocals, and the rock steady rhythm section of John Dawson (bass) and Ian Halford (drums), who have played together for five years in two different outfits. This looks like a well-organised outfit, from fine production of the music (recorded on home turf at Cluny Studios in Newcastle), nice cd packaging and press kit . . . the band have yet to strike out from their native North East, finding gigs outside of their area hard to come by despite the album having national distribution.
Things get off to a blazing start with the sole cover, Jimi Hendrix’s “Freedom”, admirably very well done here. The rest of the songs are all written by Russ Tippins, starting with the SRV-influenced driving blues rocker “Little Josephine”, fired by his expressive voice, blistering soloing and the top rhythm section. “Comeuppance” has a deceptively gentle intro before this slide-driven rocker kicks into life, with the pace genuinely taken down on the lovely “She’s Gone” with some very tasteful licks from Tippins on this ballad.
“Number Thirteen” rocks hard and would sit easily in the British classic rock field; the following “This Building’s On Fire” is a breakneck boogie with some delicious guitar playing, and I would imagine absolutely belting live! “Chuck It” is a mid-tempo rocker, which is followed by the title cut, “Electrickery”, a pure showcase for Russ Tippins guitar work, which rides along on a nice groove, with that sort of fluid Ernie Isley meets Hendrix guitar tone, very nice indeed!
The listed closing “Indy Boogie”, with what sounds like a snatch of AC/DC thrown in for good measure, is a fitting rocking closer to a most enjoyable release, with a ‘hidden’ bonus track, a rousing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song”. Hopefully this band will be enjoyed nationwide and not just in their home area in 2011!
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