Well, it only took the Splinter Group's marketing firm 6 months to fill my order for "Blues Don't Change". But, knowing WHY it took so long made me happy...they'd SOLD OUT of the CD!!! Considering it was only sold at gigs and on their website, that's fantastic!!
What a great album!! Especially considering it was recorded during the "Time Traders" sessions and compiled as an afterthought. Two albums for the cost on the ol' "expense report" of one!!
Starts off with (yes, yet another) a version of "I Believe My Time Ain't Long" sung by Peter...but somehow THIS version doesn't irritate like the old Jeremy Spencer/Fleetwood Mac version (maybe because there's only ONE "Elmore James" type song on here, instead of FOUR)
Then follows with Peter still on lead vocals on the Jimmy Reed classic "Take Out Some Insurance" (my initial "favorite" of the album)
Again, Peter's on lead vocals on the BB King tune "When It All Comes Down"...hard to tell the difference betwee Green & King on this one!
Peter's take on Muddy Water's "Honey Bee" sounds as authentic as Muddy himself.
Nigel takes a turn on lead vocals on the Willie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf standard "Little Red Rooster" (featured on their 2001/2002 tour) and just adds to the song's power.
Peter & Nigel share vocals on the Howlin' Wolf classic "Don't Start Me Talkin'".
Sorry, I'm running out of superlatives here.
The only disappointing song on the album, to me, anyway, is Nigel's take on "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out"...not that it's not GOOD, but the Derek & The Dominoes version is just so etched in my brain, I can't NOT compare every version of this song to D&tD's.
Peter once again on lead vocals on the Percy Mayfield penned Freddie King hit "Help Me Through The Day"...a slow blues, just tailor made for Peter.
Get out the Pomade, run a comb through the duck-tails and fire up those '57 Chevy Impalas at the drive-in folks...Peter takes us on a '50's "Happy Days" type stroll with Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do"...it almost comes off as a Doo-Wop standard.
The Sonny Boy Williamson written title cut and John Lee Hooker's "Crawling King Snake" round out this blues masterpiece of an album.
Go to http://petergreen-splintergroup.co.uk
and order this WONDERFUL addition to any blues collection.
Among God's creations, two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes in order not to be separated from the man.---Andres Segovia
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