sábado, 26 de outubro de 2013

Andy Fairweather Low & The Lowriders - Zone-O-Tone

Andy Fairweather Low & The Lowriders - Zone-O-Tone - 2013

by Dean Pedley from themidlandsrocks.com

Andy Fairweather Low has become a renowned sideman over the past few decades, touring with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman and Roger Waters and appearing as a backing vocalist on Who Are You. Back in the 60’s Andy led chart topping psychedelic Welsh rockers Amen Corner who were part of the Christmas ’67 package tour headlined by Hendrix that also included Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd on the bill. With such a long and rich history Andy has stepped out of the shadows and invested more time into his solo career of late and Zone-O-Tone finds him debuting twelve new songs that have been inspired by his love of Stax and Atlantic Soul, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Lonnie Donegan and The Shadows amongst others. 

Backed by a top-notch three piece band there is something here that will appeal to all; from blues to gospel, country to rock and more than a little bit of soul, the overall vibe being very much rooted in the 50’s and 60’s. For the large part mellow and laid back the band does crank it up a notch on occasion, most notably with the up-tempo opener ‘Dance On’ and jaunty ‘Roll Ya Activator’. Andy has a distinctive croon and when combined with some dazzling guitar work it is easy to see why he has all too often found himself much in demand from some of rocks most distinguished names. The songs are Andy embarking on a personal journey that is unashamedly about nostalgia and those that have grown up with him throughout the decades will doubtless find much here that will inspire.

01. Dance On 
02. Deep River Blues 
03. Let Me Be Your Angel 
04. Roll Ya Activator 
05. Hard Way To Go 
06. Breakin’ Chains 
07. Love, Hope, Faith & Mercy 
08. La La Music 
09. Unclouded Day 
10. Mother Earth 
11. You’ll Never Beat The Devil 
12. Blood Toys 
13. Unclouded Day (slight return)


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