Review: Ben Poole – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Posted on: Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

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Ben Poole – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

(Manhaton Records: HATMAN 2035)

Although Ben is often described as a blues-rocker, that is a little bit of a misnomer – he is far more song-based than that description usually implies and this excellent CD proves… and if you’re going to release a live album, where better to record it than at The Royal Albert Hall, with its history of hosting blues and blues-rock events going back to the late 60s?

Although Ben opens this set with the funk-tinged title track of his first full-length album, many of the following tracks are a little quieter, though with excellent guitar fills and instrumental breaks, and his cover of Otis Redding’s ‘Mr. Pitiful’ shows just how good a singer Ben can be. ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ is the Freddie King number and allows Ben to stretch out, though he never loses sight of the song, and the closing item is an excellent studio track which also serves as a taster of his forthcoming album.

If you think you have already heard this CD, you may have – it was immaculately recorded by the BBC and broadcast on “The Paul Jones Show” on Hallowe’en last year. Ben’s star is on the rise, and this CD shows a young man with justifiable confidence enough in his own abilities and in his excellent band to be able to follow an individual path in the blues-rock world. Well worth checking this out.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.manhatonrecords.com

www.benpooleband.com

(Release date: Monday, 6th October)

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