Review: Keith Thompson Band – Catch The Fire

Posted on: Sunday, Sep 28, 2014

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Hailing from Cheltenham the KEITH THOMSON BAND are International players. Keith Thompson, as a singer, songwriter fronts the band on vocals and guitars, with additions of bass, blues harp and keys. On bass guitar and drums are Climax Blues Band members, Neil Simpson and Roy Adams. Guesting on some tracks on this album, ‘CATCH THE FIRE’, were Buddy Whittington and Laurence Jones on guitar with Patsy Gamble on sax. All tracks, bar one, were self penned.

An interesting twenty five second opener with ‘Angel Fire -Alpha’ on this album, but then we got into the ‘meat’ of the music with ‘Money’. A great raunchy rockin’ track that reminded me a lot of The Hoax. Some great guitar playing, loved it! Next up a classic rock track, ‘Paid My Dues’ again some classy guitar work and a well put together rhythm section.

A bit more ‘rock’ with ‘Burning The Playhouse Down’ with Buddy Whittington taking the lead on guitar. Then slowing the pace down with a slower tempo rock number ‘Crazy’, with a haunting and excellent guitar solo, an ‘epic’ track.

Getting back to ‘the blues’ with shades of Gary Moore, the up tempo number ‘Don’t Come Running To Me’. Some fabulous sax from Patsy Gamble and piano input. Then on to a bit more rock with ‘She’s Too Hot’ with a funky feel.

‘Funkin’ it up with a great up tempo blues, ‘Getting Ready For The Burn’, gave us some super input from the young and talented Laurence Jones on guitar. Then a change with an Americana feel track with plenty of finger picking guitar on ‘Access Denied’, a great take.

The only ‘cover’ on the album was the Hendrix classic ‘Little Wing’ and what a well performed version too! Continuing in the ‘Hendrix’ style, ‘Breathe’ gave us some great rhythms, guitar and plenty of wah wah.

Another funky rock number ‘Restless’, with great guitar input from classic electric blues man Buddy Whittington. I loved the slide guitar on the next track ‘Send Your Fire’, with military precision drumming an great harp input giving a great sound.

‘Wrong Side Of The Bed’ gives us an interesting acoustic take for a change, it’s sometimes nice to get away from electrification. A great alternative rocky track and is one of my favourites on the album. Back to a slower classic rock number with some lovely acoustic guitar input, ‘Keeper Of The Flame’. This has a Latino feel and is a bit of an ‘anthem’ track.

The final track on this enjoyable album is the second, longer take of instrumental ‘Angel Fire – Omega’. Haunting and ethereal, but is a nice way to ‘cool down’ from the rocky input.

I enjoyed the album as a great statement for rock blues. Taking influences from those heady rock days of the late 60’s and 70’s, it gave us a fresh look at the style of music which will remain ‘classic’ . A great well put together album and thoroughly enjoyable.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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