The Blues Band - Ready

Sunday 1st July 1990
The Blues Band - Ready

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Ariola 210498

Reviewed by James Attlee

Like the J. Giels Bands without the leather jeans or the west coast attitude, or early Stones without the pout, these guys sound like they spent their youth hanging out with Alexis Korner at the Marquee swopping R&B imports, high on the romance of discovering the music of black America. Only difference between them and some of their friends is that they never found any music they liked better, so they kept right on playing it. Of course, there have been detours over the years. After leaving seminal 60s group Manfred Mann, Jones had a solo musical career as well as making his mark as an actor, and latterly an R&B and Black Gospel radio jock. Tom McGuiness (also an ex-Manfred) and Hughie Flint meanwhile saw chart success in the 70s in folk-rock outfit McGuiness Flint. But on these albums they sound like men doing what they love best. This is hard-rocking good-time music, pub-rock elevated to an art-form.

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