Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Graeme Edge Band - 1975 - Kick Off Your Muddy Boots

The Graeme Edge Band 
Kick Off Your Muddy Boots

01. Bareback Rider
02. In Dreams
03. Lost In Space
04. Have You Ever Wondered
05. My Life's Not Wasted
06. The Tunnel
07. Gew Janna Woman
08. Shotgun
09. Somethin' Wed Like To Say

Adrian Gurvitz (vocals, guitars)
Paul Gurvitz (bass, vocals)
Mickey Gallagher (keyboards)
Graeme Edge (drums)

Ginger Baker - drums
Ray Thomas - vocals
Lesley Duncan - vocals
Nicky James - vocals
Sunny Leslie - vocals
Ruby James - vocals
Barry St. John - vocals
Joanne Williams - vocals
Brian Parrish - vocals

A solo album from a drummer is rarely cause to celebrate, for invariably it arrives stillborn. But Kick Off Your Muddy Boots is a solo set from Moody Blues' skin basher Graeme Edge in name only, and instead is really a showcase for the Gurvitz brothers, or more precisely singer/guitarist Adrian. Edge contributed only three songs to his set; the dreamy "Lost in Space," the introspective "Have You Ever Wondered," and dramatic "Somethin' We'd Like to Say," providing very tentative links to the Blues' own sound. The rest of the album, composed by Adrian Gurvitz, goes very much its own way. The fabulously funky instrumental "The Tunnel" flies furthest from the mothership, while a guesting Ginger Baker edges Edge into the shadows on the Chicago blues spectacular "Gew Janna Woman," the set's apotheosis. "My Life's Not Wasted" is nearly as epic, meandering from funk to blues, soul to orchestral overkill in one fell swoop. Swinging from the C&W-tinged rocker "Shotgun" to the sunny California-styled "Bareback Rider," Muddy Boots treads into as many musical pastures as possible, with the bonus "We Like to Do It" (the band's 1974 single) tossing ragtime into the mix. Keyboardist Mickey Gallagher provides excellent work throughout, his lovely soundscapes and delicate melody lines providing a perfect foil to Gurvitz's soaring leads and hefty riffs. The rhythm section is strong of course, but in the end, this is Gurvitz and Gallagher's show from start to finish, and what a show it is.



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