STYLE: Blues RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7041-6820 LABEL: Lord & Associates CD042768 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Having been touched by the anointing I on the 'Rooftop' series and enjoyed their festival appearances, this latest | release is much anticipated. It doesn't disappoint! Maintaining a loose, musically improvised feel, this has a high quality bootleg sound - raw but never muggy! Tony's self-styled brand of eclectic folk takes various elements of roots music and fuses them together into a powerful and anointed whole. Sometimes it sounds like Santana. sometimes like Johnny Cash or T Bone Burnett but always it's Tony Loeffler. His choice of covers is impeccable and surprising, a wonderful bluesy take on Dylan's "Willie McTell". including a wonderfully understated sax solo from Linda Salisbury is excellent. Equally good is his Loefflerisation of Julie Miller's "All My Tears" and Glenn Kaiser's "Lord Of AM" - both stonking cuts. If like me you enjoy Tony's songwriting, you'll be pleased to see old favourites "Finish Line" and "See The Valley" making a welcome return in new clothes much changed from previous incarnations and musically fresh. My favourite is the extended blues of "INRI". White three percussionists on duty, a lot of this stuff has real punch and John Zarra and John Concepcion's guitar work is top class. For variety, you get a soulful "Silling Here In Limbo" and a rootsy "I Shall Not Be Moved" polarising the performances recorded here. Still anointed. "Bootleg Live' does the business.
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