Review: The Deluxe – Some Good Bits

Posted on: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014

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The Deluxe – Some Good Bits

The Deluxe hail from Carlisle and are a great down to earth, rockin’ four piece blues band. They describe their music as: “The Deluxe sound is blues with an edge. More rhythmic emphasis. We  give the audience something new to take away, something to get their toes tapping”. Which seems to ring true with their album ‘Some Good Bits’!

The band line up is Christian Sharpe on vocals/guitar, Martin McDonald on guitar, Rod Mackay on bass and Scott Broadhurst on drums. They draw their influences from Peter Green, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King and others from the Chicago generation.

The first track, ‘Watch Out’ (Green), is a jazz-influenced, uptempo number. Some great guitar input, all kept simple but very effective. Do I hear brushes on the drums? The bass is doing what a bass should, a superb track. Slowing the tempo down on ‘ Heart Fixin’ Business’ (Banks/Jones) we have a standard Chicago blues.

I loved the next track, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ (Cobbs). An uptempo number with great vocals with the guitars working well together and the bass and drums keeping that rhythm. Slowing the pace down, a standard blues, ‘How Blue Can You Get?’ (Feather/Feather).

A classic track ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ (James), with some great slide guitar and drumming in a very ‘Fleetwood’ style. Rockin’ it up a bit with a blues band standard from years gone by, ‘Stepping Out’ (Frazier). It was nice to hear that one again.

An excellent take on the classic ‘I Loved Another Woman’ (Green) followed by an uptempo blues and ‘foot tappin’ number ‘Like It This Way’ (Kirwan).

‘Long Grey Mare’ (Green) is another cover, but well put together with some great guitar work and vocals. This leads us into a classic Muddy Waters track ‘Champagne And Reefer’ (Morganfield), one of my all-time favourites, which was covered well with some great slide guitar.

An earthy 12 bar blues ‘It Hurts Me Too’ (London), where the slide guitar works well, with shades of Jeremy Spencer. Super vocals too. The final track of this ‘go back in time’ album, is an uptempo blues ‘Rollin’ Man’ (Green/Adams). A great way to finish this ‘true blues’ album where the influence are in strong evidence, but performed in the Deluxe’s own style. There definitely were ‘Some Good Bits’, so the album was well named.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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