It’s 1981. And a synthpop duo called Soft Cell isn’t doing so well. They’ve got one last chance to make a hit before their label kicks ‘em to the curb. So they took one final shot with a version of an old soul song—Tainted Love...
"Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel" is a sonic feast, full of delightful surprises. The bottom line? This is blues that's well written, deftly performed, and dripping with character.
Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer. And one of the greatest voices of all time: Otis Redding. Raw, powerful, tender—his sound defined a new kind of soul music. While Motown Records released smooth polished numbers, down south at Stax, Otis and his band came out with all the grit lacking up north...
I never thought I’d call a blues band “authentic” that splashed a heavy dollup of Ramones punk attitude onto a bed of alien invasion smoothy guitars, but Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen are unquestionably authentic.
Each track is better than the one that came before it, and the cumulative effect on listeners is staggering.
If you enjoy your "vintage," or if you prefer, "retro" jump blues, with some kick instead of a lame imitation, this album is for you.
Award-winning Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Booker T Jones is headlining Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Fest on Saturday, June 13th