Review: Ric Lee’s Natural Born Swingers – Put A Record On

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 27, 2013

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Ric Lee’s Natural Born Swingers – Put A Record On

(Fast Western Limited: FWCD002)

The Natural Born Swingers are a classic combination of youth and experience, comprising two highly-respected stalwarts of the British music scene in drummer Ric Lee and keyboard maestro Bob Hall and two younger bloods in guitarist Danny Handley and bass player Scott Whitley. On the 13 tracks of predominately original compositions, lead vocals are shared among the band members with Danny Handley in pole position on most tracks. In addition, guest appearances are provided by Paul Jones (harmonica), Kim Simmonds, Son Henry and Virgil McMahon (guitar) and Steve Beighton (brass).

The driving rocker, “I Want To Know” gets the party started, after which the medium-paced “”Don’t Want You Woman” bounces along with some tasty keyboard twinkling from Bob Hall and some trademark harp work from Paul Jones. The title track is a pleasant ballad, which makes way for “The Hills Of Afghanistan”, a sensitive condemnation of the horrors encountered in that country by our armed forces.”Keep On Singing The Blues” is an upbeat shuffle featuring more artistry from Bob Hall while It’s Too Late” provides a foot-tapping helping of rock and roll with fine guitar and keyboard solos.

“I Don’t Play Boogie”, despite the title, delivers a country-flavoured boogie beat, embellished by some tasty steel guitar from Son Henry, before the slow and bluesy “Bad Feeling Blues” offers an earthier mood. “A Fool Like Me” exudes shades of Fats Domino in between two medium-paced rockers, “It Don’t Mean A Thing To You” and “Passing On Blues”, followed by the heavier-beating “Rock Your Mama”, complete with another impressive dose of dexterity from Hall and Handley. The excellent album reaches a high-tempo climax with the boogie-woogie beat of “I Can’t Get My Ass In Gear”, with yet more magic from the brilliant keyboard master.

LIONEL ROSS

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