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Blues in Britain, Mick Rainsford

The Soul Band – Certified
Bird Egg Records 001

Billy Price – East End Avenue
Bonedog Records BDRCD-18

Are you a lover of “old-school” soul? Then you are in for a real treat with the release of these two fine sets by the Soul Band and veteran “blue-eyed” soul-meister Billy Price.

The Soul Band comprises a plethora of talented musicians in Brad Halen (bass), Mike Welch (guitar), Scott Aruda (Trumpet), Steve Chaggaris (drums) and John Aruda (tenor sax) – fronted by jazz maestro Ken Clark (organ, piano & vocals) and Tim Pike (vocals), with guests adding baritone & tenor sax, violin, cello, vocals, double bass and Leslie guitar to various tracks.

The band recreate the classic soul sounds associated the likes of Otis Redding and the Stax imprint - Pike and Clark having the vocal chops to carry off the covers without resorting to mere imitation, whilst the band lay down a horn-fired soul groove that is guaranteed to mine a “hole to your soul”.

The set opens with ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ which has a raw Sam Cooke feel laced with shades of Otis Redding – the horns riffing balefully whilst Clark’s organ adds haunting “strings” to the mix. Redding’s ‘I Got The Will’ is a real stomper with soul-charged vocals and blasting horns – the churning ‘You’ve Got To Earn It’ with it’s wild trumpet, hard riffing horns and gospel inflected backing harmonies, and ‘This Love Of Mine’ with it’s smoking sax, also falling squarely in the Redding soul-bag.

Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Dolly Dagger’ is performed Stax style replete with feral guitar; ‘Never Like This Before’ is classic soul in the Sam and Dave mould; Steve Winwood comes to mind on the “floor-shaking” ‘Ain’t That A Lot Of Love’; whilst deeper soul is represented by the anguished ‘Let Me Down Easy’ and ‘A Nickel And A Nail’, and the heart-wrenching ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’. (www.thesoulband.net)

Whereas The Soul Band’s CD consists of covers of soul classics, ‘East End Avenue’ comprises thirteen originals written mainly by Price/Jon Tiven and Mike Sweeney, although the style remains rooted very firmly in “old-school” 60s/70s soul.

The set opens on a high with the stomping ‘Keep It To Yourself’, Price’s vocals ploughing a deep soul furrow underpinned by a blasting horn section and stinging guitar (Lenny Smith), segueing into the Stax styled ‘Soul Sailin’’ where Price’s testifying is echoed by wailing tenor sax and gospel inflected backing harmonies.

Like Curtis Salgado and Darren Nulisch, Price is blessed with a naturally soulful voice that has no obvious influences, enabling him to create his own soul personna, his influences coming via various styles within the soul genre rather than from individual artists – so when he sings a number like ‘Funky Like Dyke Part 2’, although it is a tribute to Dyke & the Blazers, it also throbs with a funky machismo that is uniquely Price’s own.

‘She Left Me With These Blues’ opens with gospel styled piano before Price’s anguished vocals segue in laying down a funky downhome blues replete with salacious horns and soulful organ. ‘The Other Side Of You’ is an impassioned brooding soul opus enhanced by a mesmerizing piano riff, baying horns and menacing guitar – ‘The Big Show’ has a morose Van Morrison feel that is replicated in ‘Only Two Lovers’ – ‘Faithful And True’, (the only cover), strays into countrified soul territory – The Hard Hours’ is a slab of deeply impassioned soul – whilst on the funky “dance-floor filler” ‘If You Cook Like You Walk’ Price declares “I’ll eat everything on the plate”.

Billy Price is a soul singer of the highest order, deserving far greater recognition, and this set, given the right exposure, could be the vehicle to propel him to the forefront of the soul scene. (www.billyprice.com)

 
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