Thursday, 2 October 2008

"The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions" by DUSTER BENNETT [feat Fleetwood Mac] (2006 Sony/Blue Horizon 2CD Remasters) - A Review by Mark Barry...






"…Hard To Resist…"

UK issued 26 September 2006 - this huge 2CD haul makes available extremely rare LPs and singles by one of Britain's great-unsung guitar/harmonica players - Anthony "Duster" Bennett. The blues-mad 22 year-old from Wales was pointed in the direction of the UK's Blue Horizon label in early 1968 by none other than Fleetwood Mac's PETER GREEN. Greeney was on the money of course and here's the rocking proof.

44 tracks, 3 full albums, 9 non-album singles tracks and 1 previously unreleased cut - yummy. There's a lot on the 2CD set "The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions" by DUSTER BENNETT on Sony/Blue Horizon 518517 2 (Barcode 5099751851721) - so let's break it all down...

Disc 1 (76:13 minutes):
1. Hard To Resist" - an aborted 1st UK 7" single recorded 15 May 1968, Previously Unreleased

2. It's A Man Down There
3. Things Are Changing - tracks 2 and 3 are the non-album A & B of a 1968 UK 7" single on Blue Horizon 57-3141

4. Worried Mind
5. Life Is A Dirty Deal
6. Country Jam
7. Trying To Paint It In The Sky
8. Times Like These
9. My Lucky Day
10. Got A Tongue In Your Head
11. Jumping At Shadows
12. 40-Minutes From Town
13. Shame, Shame, Shame
14. My Love Is My Love
15. Shady Little Baby
Tracks 4 to 15 are the album "Smiling Like I'm Happy" issued late August 1968 on Blue Horizon S 7-63208 in the UK

16. Raining In My Heart
17. Jumpin' For Joy - tracks 16 and 17 are the non-album A & B of the 17 January 1969 UK 7" single on Blue Horizon 57-3148

18. God Save The Queen/Introductions/She Live Her Life Too Fast (Live)
19. Just Like A Fish (Live)
20. What A Dream (Live)
21. Just Like I Treat You (Live)
22. Talk To Me (Live)
Tracks 18 to 22 are Side 1 of the 'Live' album "Bright Lights..." issued 1969 on Blue Horizon S 7-63221 in the UK.
Tracks 1 to 6 on Disc 2 are Side 2 of the record - the album is credited to DUSTER BENNETT and HIS HOUSE BAND - most of which is FLEETWOOD MAC

Disc 2 (78:58 minutes):
1. I'm The One (Live)
2. I Wonder If You Know (How It Is) (Live)
3. My Babe/She's My Baby (Live)
4. Honest I Do (Live)
5. Bright Lights Big City (Live)
6. Fresh Country Jam (Live)
Tracks 1 to 6 are Side 2 of the LIVE album "Bright Lights..." issued 1969 on Blue Horizon S 7-63221 in the UK

7. I'm Gonna Wind Up Ending Up Or I'm Gonna End Up Winding Up With You
8. Rock Of Ages Cleft For Me
Tracks 7 and 8 are the non-album A & B of a 11 July 1969 UK 7" single on Blue Horizon 57-3164

9. Slim's Tune
10. I Chose To Sing The Blues
11. Sugar Beet
12. I Love My Baby
13. Vitamin Pills
14. Everyday
15. Act Nice & Gentle
16. Woman Without Love
17. That Mean Old Look
18. Sweeter Than Sugar
19. On Reconsideration
20. Hill St. Rag
21. If You Could Hang Your Washing Like You Hang Lines
Tracks 9 to 21 are the album "12 DB's" issued late 1970 on Blue Horizon S 7-63868 in the UK and Blue Horizon BH 4812 in the USA

22. I Want You To Love Me - the non-album B-side to "Act Nice & Gentle" (on "12db's") - a 1970 UK 7" single on Blue Horizon 57-3179

DUNCAN COWELL has digitally remastered the original master tapes to stunning effect, the 16-page booklet has an informative and affectionate essay on the proceedings by label boss and original producer MIKE VERNON, which in turn is followed by a touching memorial from TOP TOPHAM - another one of the labels guitarists and founder member of THE YARDBIRDS. Bennett's three albums are pictured, there are hugely detailed session notes - card wrap - all of it up to the usual top BH standard.

Great guest appearances abound - the superb stand-alone cover of Slim Harpo's "Raining In My Heart" features ALAN SILVESTRI and DAVE BIDWELL of CHICKEN SHACK, while B.B. King's rhythm section GERRY JERMOTT (Bass) and HERBIE LOUVELLE (Drums) feature on the fabulously funky "I Chose To Sing The Blues". Both TOP TOPHAM and PETER GREEN grace the raucous live version of Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights Big City", while JOHNNY ALMOND adds a cool organ intro to the wonderfully slinky "Vitamin Pills". STELLA SUTTON adds lovely harmony vocals to the shuffling "Times Like These" (with Peter Green on Guitar) while the mysterious HAM RICHMOND on Keyboards turns out to be none other than Bennett himself under a pseudonym!  In fact many of the tracks feature ALL instrumentation by him alone - mean Harmonica blowing, Electric Piano, Snare and Bass Drums - damn he was talented!

Signed to Zeppelin's Swan Song label by Jimmy Page in 1975, his career was poised for serious renewal, when in March 1976 at the age of only 30, he fell asleep at the wheel of his car on the way home from a gig - and sadly lost his life. At least this superb 2CD set is a fitting memorial to him and his musical legacy - and its yet another great job done by all the dedicated people at Blue Horizon...

1 comment:

Nestor said...

BUENISIMO!!! UNA PENA SU MUERTE

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