Review: Various – Krossborder Rekords – Kompilation Vol 1 – The Best British Blues

Posted on: Friday, Mar 14, 2014

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Krossborder Rekords ‘Kompilation Vol 1 – The Best British Blues


A great album giving an over view of some of the best of British talent on the blues scene today.

The first track by the Little Devils – ‘Deep Inside’, is a slow number with super sax input and is a show case for the band at their best. Following this are Dove and Boweevil – ‘Outta Town’, a great rolling, upbeat blues. Innes Sibun – ‘Cold love’, gives us some up tempo R&B with class slide guitar and then onto more classic R&B rhythms with a great brass sound from Jackson Sloan – ‘Ghost Train’.

Changing the feel, Planet Graffiti – ‘Bad Advice’ are funkin’ it up, where as Red Butler – ‘Bringing Out The Devil’ brings in a bit of classic rock. Roadhouse – ‘Hell On Wheels’ are rockin’ it up Southern style with Dave Thomas – ‘Shotgun Blues’ giving us a funky blues, with some excellent blues harp input.

One of my favourite tracks on the album was Idle Hands – ‘Come Share The Blues’ , an up tempo number with superb acoustic guitar work, great stuff! The White Knuckle Blues Band – ‘It Might Just Be Too Late’ gives us a standard electric blues. Then on to another of my favourites, the Tom Gee Band – ‘Better Things To Do’, a cool blues track with a great sound and vocals and some class brass input.

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion -‘Lucifer Is Blue’, is a rocky blues with great rhythms. Then onto an up tempo track with Hammond input, funky overtones and some great sax from The Sharon Colgan Band – ‘Alright Now Papa’. The young Alex McKown – ‘Gone So Long’, gives us an easy listen with a superb guitar solo. Following, is another easy listen track, with shades of the ‘Clapton’ school, The Roy Mette Band – ‘ Bitter Sweet’.

The final track on the album gets us rockin’ it up with a great guitar sound from Absolution – ‘Temperature’. A good ending to an interesting mix of blues based music and a showcase for some of the excellent blues bands on the circuit today.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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