Mike thank you so much for this honest review! You rule man! I love everything about this, for as I mentioned it all strikes me as honest and real. And a large part of that is due to its being recorded on old equipment, everything having an immediate and true sound.
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There are probably thousands of bands all vying for a piece of the blues pie. Each is trying to find that magic ingredient that sets them apart and hopefully leads to commercial success. Jon Atkinson is a competent vocalist and excellent guitarist, especially when he is in slide guitar mode but it is harpist Eric Von Herzen that makes the difference.
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They have also recruited a sparkling array of guest guitarists to back up the core musicians. The resulting output is full of nods to the roots and traditions of the early, seminal music that gave birth to the blues we love. The song is archetypal blues but is still a refreshing variation on the tried and tested structure. It is close to both versions but with the harp injecting a tone and emotion of its own it again becomes fresh and the guitar solo has such individuality throughout its beautiful bends and runs. My Way Back Home revitalizes the train songs of old with the snare and harp providing the rolling sound…oh, and the bass! The acoustic guitar solo is inspired and needs a few listens to fully appreciate the complexity and composition. The title track, Clean Up The Blood, is a delicious slow blues with the electric guitar and harp trading runs behind the vocals and then each add solos of quality to make this my favourite…for the moment at least. Candy Man is a nod to the many blues songs of similar sweet-based titles…it also echoes the double entendres as Jon modestly tells of his competence as a lover as the instrumentation continues the blues feel with tone and humour. You Got To Change is a shuffle with a bounce to it that the harp plays a clever melody around.