THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN (2002)
A blues based project featuring Bob Daisley (Rainbow/Ozzy/Uriah
Heep/Mother’s Army) on bass, Rob Grossner on drums and Tim Gaze on
guitars/vocals. The album is a mixture of covers plus a few new
compositions. The Willie Dixon standard, ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’
starts things off in fine style. The blues chugging of ‘Six Strings Down’ is
up next, with some nice Hammond organ from Mike Grubb. ‘24/7 Blues’ is a new
song - a slow burning blues song, with a fine vocal performance from Tim
Gaze. The Johnny Winter cover, ‘Dallas’ has some nice acoustic slide
guitar, with harmonica from Jim Conway. ‘The Walk’ is a great slice of blues
strutting, with a heavy bass line rumbling through the track.
There is a slower version of Cream’s standard ‘Strange Brew’, with another
great vocal performance from Tim Gaze. Another new song is ‘Playin’ the
Blues’, an uptempo rhythm and blues number, similar to solo artist Colin
James or Jeff Healey. ‘You Need Love’ is the Willie Dixon song that inspired
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’. Very different from the Led Zep version,
more mellower and no crunching guitar riffs. Album closer is the Bob Daisley
penned ‘New Old Lady Blues’, again with some lovely slide work.
A quality blues album and cover versions that live their own life, as
opposed to straight re-runs of the originals that you sometimes get with
covers. The new songs stand up well and add to the album. If you like blues
rock, similar to Colin James or Jeff Healey give this a try.
Review by Jason Ritchie
10 Questions with...
Bob Daisley website
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly