SCHENKER-PATTISON SUMMIT The Endless Jam (Mascot Records M70932)(2004)
An album of undoubted interest to fans of 70’s rock with the talents of
guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG/UFO/SCORPIONS) joining forces with vocalist
Davey Pattison (GAMMA/PAT TRAVERS). Not only that but you get drummer
Aynsley Dunbar (UFO/JOURNEY/JEFFERSON STARSHIP/WHITESNAKE) and bassist
Gunter Nezhoda (PAT TRAVERS) along for the ride as well.
It’s all covers and not one is a duffer. The Yardbirds’ ‘Shapes of
Things’ sees Schenker play some delightful slide guitar and Davey Pattsion
has a suitably gruff blues vocal ideally suited to the songs on here. They
have great fun on the Free classic, ‘The Stealer’ with bass player Gunter
Nezhoda hitting a funky groove.
But the two undoubted highlights come when
Mountain guitarist Leslie west trades solos with Schenker on the Mountain
classic, ‘Theme From An Imaginary Western’ and West again pops-up on another
Mountain song, ‘Never In My Life’, this time playing slide. Procul Harum
must be raking in the royalties this year as ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ gets
the Schenker-Pattison treatment (Black Label Society also covered this tune
on their new album) and Schenker again delights on the guitar.
For Schenker fans this is a must-have, because although the last MSG
album was very good it has since transpired that he didn’t play all the
solos (Night Ranger’s Jeff Watson helped out on a few songs). It may be all
covers but you can tell all the players on here put their best efforts in
and produced a very enjoyable album.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly