Review: Bachman – Heavy Blues

Posted on: Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

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Bachman – Heavy Blues

(Linus Entertainment: 270204)

Yes, this is guitarist/ singer Randy Bachman, formerly of The Guess Who and Canadian power rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, stepping outside his comfort zone after fellow Canadian rocker Neil Young advised him to try something he’s not tried before when recording his new album – so here’s a blues album.

Don’t expect a slightly louder Elmore James though, the album title is accurate (particularly the “Heavy” bit). The opener is – probably deliberately – a little reminiscent of The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and almost as anthemic as a BTO hit.

Most interest will probably be due to the guests on this set – Joe Bonamassa (inevitably!), Peter Frampton, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, the aforementioned Neil Young and younger guitarists Scott Holiday and Luke Doucet, who all make one appearance each.

Randy also scoured his older tapes and came across a solo by Jeff Healey that fits like a glove into ‘Confessin’ To The Devil’. Randy’s inspirations for this set were Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream’s “Wheels Of Fire”, raw, power trio blues-based music. If that’s your bag, do try this . . .

NORMAN DARWEN



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