Review: Raphael Callaghan’s Blue Cee – Long Tall Sally EP Plus . . .

Posted on: Friday, Sep 14, 2012


Raphael Callaghan’s Blue Cee – Long Tall Sally EP Plus . . .


Here’s an interesting new release that has been patiently waiting for review, from the popular duo of Raphael Callaghan (vocals, guitar & harmonica) and Christine Purnell (bass) – now relocated from Liverpool to the village of Henryd, near Conwy, in North Wales.

As the title suggests they have taken the four original tracks fromThe Beatles “Long Tall Sally” EP, and added a couple of other tracks from the band’s Cavern days – namely the Lennon-McCartney classic, “There’s A Place, and Chuck Berry’s “Memphis Tennessee”, all reinterpreted as acoustic blues tunes.

The inner sleeve notes take the form of an interview with Raphael which gives a fascinating insight into the thinking behind the project and track-by-track details. The opening “Long Tall Sally” is slowed down from the original with a very prominent bass line from Christine; with the following “I Call Your Name” just Raphael solo on vocal and harmonica, and as he says, “no hiding place!”

The Larry Williams chestnut “Slowdown” sees just Raphael’s vocal and guitar, but with some harmonica that was added later. Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Matchbox Blues” is based on the original 1927 recording, as opposed to Carl Perkins Sun Records version.

This six-track offering is most enjoyable from the start to finish – a little different to the norm – and comes highly recommended, from this lovely couple who certainly have a passion for the music!

The EP is available for £5 at gigs, or exclusively from News From Nowhere bookshop in Bold Street, Liverpool for £6. The duo can be contacted at or by phone on 01492 572509 or e-mail and make arrangements to send a cheque for £6 and they will mail copies out.


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