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