Review: Alistair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door

Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

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Alistair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door

(Eclecto Groove Records: EGRCD516)

Guitarist Alistair Greene has been around the South Californian music scene for a good few years and for his Eclecto Groove debut, he mixes classic rock with blues flavours on “Trouble At Your Door” – a 12- song collection, that features all original songs, bar one cover. Accompanying him are fellow band members, the crack rhythm section of Jim Rankin (bass) and Austin Beede (drums). He has an impressive CV having played with Mitch Kashmar, Franck Goldwasser and James Harman, and is currently touring guitarist with Alan Parsons.

“Trouble At Your Door” is his sixth album, and as mentioned a first on Eclecto Groove, and is self-produced with assistance from Sean McCue and label boss Randy Chortkoff as executive producer. Greene is an excellent guitar player and fine singer – his slide playing here is top quality throughout and features a lot on the album.

The music kicks off in fine style with the afore-mentioned slide guitar of Greene laying down a tough groove on “People”, which is followed by the funky riff of the title cut, “Trouble At Your Door”, which also highlights Alistair Greene’s more than capable vocal prowess. He’s back to more dynamite slide on “Back Where I Belong”, which is driven in fine style by the rhythm section of Rankin and Beede.

He switches to some National steel for the acoustic country blues of “Red Wine Woman”, which recalls the classic Delta tunes of bygone years; but as if to lull you into a false sense of security it is followed by the thunderous electric riff that kicks off the blues rock strut of “First Born Son”; after that is the galloping shuffle of “Love You So Bad”, with some very fine guitar work indeed.

Elsewhere, “Last Train Around The Sun” is a classic mid-paced rocker and a stand out here; the album’s centrepiece, “Calling For You” is up next, with guest Erik Norlander’s swirling Hammond organ giving the track a somewhat Deep Purple feel, and that can be no bad thing . . . it stretches out over a leisurely 6:30 and is a really nice ballad that shows the softer side of Greene and the band- with some really terrific, mellow guitar. “Pretty Price To Pay” is another funky rocker that shows all Greene’s and the band strengths – great playing and singing from all involved.

A must ‘check out’ for all fans of the rockier side of the blues and highly recommended . . . and as ever with any Delta or Eclecto Groove recordings it sounds just great!

GRAHAME RHODES

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