Review: Larry Miller – Live & Outlawed

Posted on: Sunday, Jun 23, 2013

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Larry Miller – Live & Outlawed

(Big Guitar Records)

British guitarist Larry Miller is a popular live attraction with his rocking shows, and after six studio albums he has released a high-energy double live set, “Live & Outlawed” – mainly originals but with a few choice covers, both complete and in medley form – however, it’s  not all ‘foot to the pedal’, with some balladry on offer too!

The music was recorded in front of enthusiastic audiences in Europe during 2012, and features, apart from Miller on guitar and vocals: Simon Baker (drums), Derek White (bass) and Ian Salisbury (keyboards), the band lending the necessary sympathetic backing to Miller’s fine guitar playing and singing.

The first disc kicks off in explosive style with the thunderous “Still Ain’t Done With The Blues”, which is followed by a ‘nod’ to one of Larry Miller’s main influences, the late, great Rory Gallagher . . . the version here of Junior Wells “Messin’ With The Kid” is pretty faithful to Gallagher’s timeless interpretation on his “Live In Europe” album.

Miller and band like to stretch out, with some lengthy tracks here . . . the melodic tale of “The Girl That Got Away” being an example, with some lovely Gary Moore-flavoured leads; and also “Delilah” . . . a slow blues, with more delightful and tasteful guitar work from the man himself. The tempo changes on the rocking “Gambler’s Hill”, with the first disc ending with the 11:57 of “Cruel Old World” . . . packed again with sweet guitar and a fine vocal, with sterling support from the band.

The steel slide guitar of Miller kicks off the second disc opener, “Outlaw Blues” – again possibly inspired by Rory Gallagher, who always slipped a couple of acoustic numbers into the live show; it’s followed by the high-energy rocker “Missy Mango” and equally energetic “Mad Dog”, with the keyboards of Ian Salisbury featuring. Best of all however is probably the 14:27 of “Just As Blue As It Gets” . . . featuring snippets of “Voodoo Chile”, “Steppin’ Out” and “Shadow Play”, as originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Rory Gallagher.

It’s easy to see from this release the appeal of Larry Miller and band, who obviously supply great night out . . . I’m sure his faithful fans will lap this up, and it’s definitely worth checking out for all fans of the ‘rocky end’ of the blues.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.larrymiller.co.uk

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