Release Date: 2008
Number Of Tracks: 17
In what is an album of acuity, Ultimate-Guitar's very own blues guitarists exhibit their mastery of the Blues genre; showcasing the overwhelming presence of skill to be found in UG's members.
Ultimate-Guitar's very own blues guitarists collaborate to great effect, on what should be advertised as the ideal introduction to blues. Listening to music as passionately recorded as this, one need not look to any other source of inspiration to listen to more blues music.
Insofar as there is so much talent on show, it is hard to choose a select few tracks to discuss here. On an album on which Max Korlinge's track: Joyous Blues is joyously up-tempo, enfilading the listener with a blaze of harmonica-guitar blues; and Ian Schober's Blues in E turns out a rampant, galloping guitar rhythm that bands such as Iron Maiden would die for, there is a real sense of artisanship about this album. An industrious effort, it is; however, the 'fabric' of the UG Blues album is to be found within Shine On Blues, performed by James Hayes. Recorded in an uncommonly refined manner, his labours boast erudition. Despite doing their best to remain as sincere and insouciant as possible, there is a tangible expression of grace on this album, and it's a testament to the artists' proficiency. Whether it is the adagio of Grey Sky Blues, or the intricacy of Sam J. Parker's Desolation Blues, Ultimate-Guitar's blues artists do the site justice. // 8
Lyrics: Largely instrumental, with the notable exception of Workin', performed by Kevin Saucier, and a few of the covers, the lyrical qualities of the album are largely demonstrated by Amos Helvey. The apex of delight and raw passion on this album is arguably his rendition of Rollin' and Tumblin', the Muddy Waters classic. This mix of covers and originals blends excellently, and it seems fitting that Muddy Waters' influence inexorably endures on modern day blues. The Liquid Blues Band's very own Gone Forever is yet another standing tribute to the talent of Ultimate-Guitar, and lyrically holds it's own, retelling the story of 'my baby', who is 'gone forever [...] straight outta town', leaving the vocalist 'so down'. Don't let that get you down, there's plenty to keep you up beat on this album! // 7
Overall Impression: Blues guitarists are often tempestuous, boldly revolutionary, and astutely talented. Abstemious, they are not; Ultimate-Guitars very own Blues guitarists draw influence from the greats, such as SRV, Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters. In the event, the only thing that is lacking from this album is a more qualified recording process throughout; let this leave you unperturbed, for the quality is there to substantiate my claims that there is a lot more to come from these guitarists. Neil Flynn, the brainchild of the project, assured me that the artists are planning another album so that we can put it onto online music shops and give the money to the charity'. With such sentiments behind the music, you can sit back and enjoy yourself. From the initiating track, recorded by the prodigious Eric Nikolaides, to the closing Stormy Monday rendition, by James Hayes, the album does not disappoint much, if at all. // 9