Review: Cold Flame – Blue Shadows

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 2, 2014

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Review for ‘COLD FLAME’ – CD – ‘Blue Shadows’ – 2014 Self Release

This blues rock covers album, ‘Blue Shadows’ has been dedicated to some of the bands and musicians who have influenced and shaped Cold Flame’s music through the decades and to celebrate the bands thirtieth aniversary.

The album is ‘no frills’ with honest covers of vintage blues rock at its best. Hailing from Derbyshire Cold Flame are, on superb lead guitar and vocals, Rob Barnes with Pat Rowbottom on powerful bass and vocals and Keith Bonthrone on pounding drums and vocals. The material is taken from a variety of sources from James Brown to Free, but performed in Cold Flame’s own distinctive style.

A great earthy rock opener, with a James Brown cover ‘It’s A Man’s World’ with superb vocals. ‘I’m A Mover’, a Free number followed. Then onto the Otis Rush song ‘All Your Love’ done in a Fleetwood Mac style.

A slower more melodic track ‘Simple Man’ by Mick Ralphs was next, then a superb classic Cream number ‘White Room’ with vocals to equal those of Jack Bruce. Staying in the Cream theme a great take of the Robert Johnson classic ‘Crossroads’, an up tempo number played with a Cold Flame stamp.

Slowing the pace, the classic take of Gary Moore’s ‘Still Got The Blues’ which was really well performed. Free’s ‘The Stealer’ next, then probably my favourite take on the album, Ian Andersons ‘New Day Yesterday’ in which Cold Flame come into their own.

Some classic Free with ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Walk In My Shadow’ then on to the final track on the album a great compilation of Free’s ‘Wishing Well’, Peter Green’s ‘Oh Well’ and Joe South’s ‘Hush’.

A super album of memorable blues rock classics, performed with a style that is ‘Cold Flame’.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer.

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