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Issue 1097

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Climax Blues Band : 1973-1976, 4CD Remastered Boxset Edition

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UK release date 06.07.2019

In my book,The Climax Blues Band are a hugely underrated band who put out some great material in the mid 70's and they are beautifully set out in this comprehensive selection of four albums.'Sense Of Direction' is a master piece a lesson in how to do funky soul rock.The arrangements and playing is on a level with the might Steely Dan - not bad for a band from Stafford UK. Opening track displays stacked vocal harmonies and some awesome fast riffage! 'Before You Reach The Grave' is a marvel too and a great testimony to their blue eyed soul greatness.

Their versatility shines through as does their sterling musicianship - if you love that dry compressed and warm 70's sound this is just the ticket. And the funk factor goes up a notch with their 1976 belter 'Gold Plated' opening with the cracking 'Together And Free' followed by the B B King infused 'Mighty Fire' and believe me guitarist,Peter Haycock is totally on fire with his diamond studded solo- hot stuff and proper! Their top ten smash and the tune they are most famous for 'Couldn't Get It Right' is included too - what a belter! Dig deep into their sounds you won't regret it,they are a seriously good band!
Words Emrys Baird

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