Here are the latest record reviews, courtesy of Kevin Bryan.
Peter Green & The Original Fleetwood Mac - Alone With The Blues (Metro Select). This proverbial curate’s egg of an anthology is dominated by the erratic solo recordings that former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green (pictured) made after his reemergence on the music scene during the late 70s and early 80s, although the compilers have found space for a few Mac classics in the shape of Man of the World, The Green Manalishi and live versions of Oh Well and the seductively memorable Black Magic Woman. Green’s later offerings pale rather badly by comparison, with Tribal Dance and A Fool No More emerging as the best of a patchy bunch.
Guitar Legends (Union Square Music). Union Square’s latest three-CD retrospective boasts archive offerings from a fairly random assortment of performers from the late 50s and early 60s, including luminaries such as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Chet Atkins and pioneering electric guitarist Les Paul. Quite a few chart successes from rock’n’roll’s golden era are given an airing along the way too, running the gamut from the infectious charms of Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue and That’ll Be The Day to the growling menace of Link Wray’s 1958 instrumental, Rumble.
The Zombies - Still Got That Hunger (Cherry Red). You could be forgiven for assuming that any CD which appeared under The Zombies banner in 2015 would have to be a reissue, but founder members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone are still striving manfully to keep the band’s name alive, and Still Got That Hunger is actually a brand new piece of work. This rather belated follow-up to 2011’s Breathe Out, Breathe In serves up a feast of technically precise melodic rock for
your listening pleasure, featuring a stylish revamp of their 1965 single, I Want You Back Again alongside newly minted creations such as Chasing The Past and the gospelly, jazz tinged Edge of the Rainbow.
Anne Sophie Mutter - The Club Album :Live From Yellow Lounge (Deutsche Grammophon). Mutter’s latest D.G. album represents something of a musical departure for the flambuoyant classical violinist, as the contents were recorded live in a small but highly fashionable Berlin nightclub earlier this year. The enthusiastic standing room only audience at the Yellow Lounge venue were regaled with a very accessible programme featuring popular works from the pens of
Vivaldi, Brahms and J.S.Bach amongst others, and a very good time was obviously had by all concerned.