Blues At Sunrise – Gerry Lockran, Redd Sullivan, Dave Travis, et al. (FID2165) (1969)

SAM_1702These are the kinds of old-timey British blues players, championed at the time by reactionaries such as Alexis Korner (who composed  defensive liner notes for the project) and no doubt venerated these days by the likes of Jools Holland as indigenous pioneers, who provoked Sonny Boy Williamson II’s gloriously comic diss of the English scene: “Those British boys want to play the blues real bad…and they do!”

Actually, Gerry Lockran’s phrasing, timbre and picking are pretty good, but the rest is uptight, tepid boogie woogie by people who couldn’t rock their way out of a wet paper bag. A bit of a disappointment because I thought maybe I’d found a gem at Demelza House a couple days ago.

Published in: on September 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

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