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5 out of 5 stars Superb British Blues Performed by a Master,7 Feb 2011


R. F. Stevens "richard23491" (Ickenham UK) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Two For The Show (Audio CD)

Two excellent CDs in the very best tradition of British Blues are offered here for us to enjoy time and time again. John O'Leary was one of the founders of the Savoy Brown Blues Band back in the late 1960s, recording for Island, and has remained true to his roots for most of the intervening years. He has worked with many other well known bands during this time. I was alerted to this gem by Paul Jones on his Radio 2 show a couple of weeks before Christmas 2010. 

John's vocals and harmonica work are outstanding and very individual, instantly recognisable. The members of his band are younger than him, but they share his professionalism and enthusiasm, and combine effortlessly to produce confident and melodically high-energy blues. I suggest you listen to some of the MP3 samples, and I expect you'll be as happy as I was to snap up the pair of CDs while they are still available. 

The first CD `Sins' is a studio recording originally made in 2004 for limited release privately and at gigs. The second CD `Live at Mr Kyps' is taken from a live performance at Poole in the eponymous establishment in 2006, and I think that this shows slightly more polish and if asked to choose between them, I would admit I tend to prefer it. 

The pair of CDs come in a folded cardboard sleeve with a 12 page booklet with details of the tracks, photos of their performances and two sets of notes, the first by Paul Watts talking about signing up John, and the second by Pete Feenstra giving us details about the tracks with additional comments from John.