Review: The Jim Stapley Band – Long Time Coming

Posted on: Friday, Sep 19, 2014

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The Jim Stapley Band – Long Time Coming

(Mita: CD002)

Young Jim is a singer now based in London who hails originally from Manchester. He has obviously immersed himself in the sound of 70s rock, and he has worked with Ronnie Wood and musicians associated with the blues based music of the early part of the decade such as Humble Pie and Bad Company.

There are strong tinges of Led Zeppelin era Robert Plant and even more of Paul Rodgers with Free in Jim’s strong and passionate vocals and song writing. Lend an ear if you can to the opener ‘No Good Reason’ and ‘Laid To Waste’ respectively; there is also the occasional hint of Sheffield’s Joe Cocker; and the quiet Celtic tinged introduction to ‘Heartstrings’ that really brought back memories of those times.

I was not too surprised to note that the album was produced by Tony Visconti, who was around back then. How a guy in his mid-20s gets a sound like this I’m not sure! Neither am I entirely certain that this will appeal to those readers strictly into the blues, but any readers (and I am sure there are more than a few) whose taste crosses over into the sounds of the early 70s will certainly go for this.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.jimstapley.co.uk



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Grahame

September 19th, 2014 at 17:33
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Bit of an early review . . . official release date, 13th October.