Station West - Blues In The Red House

Tuesday 1st October 1991
Station West - Blues In The Red House

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: T Bone 001

Reviewed by Tony May

They're tasty, tasty, very very tasty. Station West that is. Always a solid band during the Hidden Warfare era the threesome now positively sizzle. It's the blues that does it, you know. Mixed in with the previous strong rock sensibilities has come a fair old dollop of raw, earthy blues, of both the powerhouse and lean varieties. Why, there's even some blues harmonica on "Rattlesnake', a hot track which delivers a vicious musical rebuke to our ancient enemy. "Invitation" which starts the proceedings, introduces guest vocalist Priscilla Jones, and her pulsating duet with John Tate grabs the attention in no uncertain manner. Highlights are liberally sprinkled throughout the set. Led Zeppelin's "Rock 'N' Roll gets a fresh treatment and comes up all sparkling, bouncing with new life. "Shake" is, as you'd expect, a bit of an all-action song, featuring some solid sax expertise from Jon Taylor. Interest is maintained throughout by subtle variety, and assorted bits and pieces flitting in and out, including an all too brief encounter with Robert Johnson's classic "Crossroads' which several Christian artists seem to have taken a liking to. 'Blues In' is something a bit special, particularly for those needing a little musical roughage to counter a too-sweet musical diet. An album promising long-term enjoyment, and highly recommended.

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