Sunday, 2 November 2014

Review: Broke Heart Blues (Climax Blues ft. Pete Haycock & Robin George)

#787: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Released one year to the day since his tragic passing, "Broke Heart Blues" is what turned out to be the final outing from the late, great and much missed Climax Blues Band and ELO Part II co-founder Pete Haycock. In many ways it is a perfect musical alliance with Robin George and is a real return to Haycock's rock and blues roots. "Broke Heart Blues" (Angel Air #SJPCD465) really is the most apt and fitting of farewells. Ably assisted by Mel Collins (Saxophone), Charlie Morgan (Drums), Jacquie Williams (Vox) and Charley Charlesworth (Bass), this rebooted Climax Blues epic really impresses, particularly when legendary saxophonist Mel Collins adds his classy contributions.

One can only imagine what this sensational sextet would have sounded like on the road. From the opening chords of "Blue Monday", this album grabs your attention ... and keeps it throughout! The vocals of Pete, Robin and Jacquie entwine perfectly and, when combined with the seamless rhythm of Collins, bassist Charley Charlesworth and percussionist Charlie Morgan, delivers a powerful punch.

Two great tracks underpin a strong release in lead single "Bluesong" and title track "Broke Heart Blues" with Haycock excelling on vocals and with his trademark guitar craft. An acoustic version of "Bluesong" is also included that totally enchants. There is solid rock here with "Blue Monday", "Cruel" and "Miss You So" being prime examples. There are Blues aplenty too with "Gossip Is Gold", "Lonely Avenue" and "You Ain't Got The Right" (complete with Pete's superb slide guitar skills!). It seems fated that this final Climax Blues album includes a track that perfectly updates what is widely recognised as the most well known CBB song in "Couldn't Get It Right". If there were any song title that summarises this LP, it is "Gotta Get It Right". Pete Haycock, Robin George and their friends did get it right with "Broke Heart Blues". (9/10)

Trax: "Blue Monday" ~ "Cruel" ~ "Gossip Is Gold" ~ "Miss You So" ~ "The Rubicon" ~ "Gotta Get It Right" ~ "Bluesong" ~ "Broke Heart Blues" ~ "Miracle" ~ "Lonely Avenue" ~ "I Feel So Blue"  ~ "You Ain't Got The Right" ~ "Bluesong (Acoustic)

The 14 track CD edition ~ released on Monday 9th March ~ has a slightly different running order than the original download release and features an additional song entitled "Oxygen". "Broke Heart Blues" can be ordered via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends: "Broke Heart Blues" by Climax Blues to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles, The Climax Blues Band and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 02-Nov-2014

1 comment:

  1. With a write up and recommendation like this I cant fail so will order the download