TAYLOR, MICK - CD
THE DRUGSTORE TAPES, HAMBURG 1997 THE CONCERT

LABEL:
StonyRoad
SOURCE:
Die Fabrik, Hamburg December 16th 1997
FORMAT:
2 cdrs
RUNNING TIME:
47.52/42.00
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo
PACKAGING:
double slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Blues In The Morning, 2. I Wonder Why, 3. You Shook Me, 4. Fed Up With The Blues.

Disc Two: 1. Goin South, 2. Band Introductions, 3. Blind Willie McTell, 4. Boogie Man.

 
REVIEW:

This double disc set is the first in a series of recordings called The Drugstore Tapes, featuring Mick Taylor and Rhythm Kings unreleased tapes stemming from a collector whose express wish was not to see them posted on any forum or torrent site. They come from uncirculated master DAT recordings made over the years from 1997 through 2004 in Hamburg or close German cities. The line up consists of   Mick Taylor on guitar and vocals, Max Middleton on keyboards, Jim Mullen on guitar, Michael Bailey on bass and Richard Bailey on drums. Notes from the discs maker: h aving a recording in such good condition my work was easy: I only had to edit the tracks, prepare them to be burned on two discs and create covers. In fact the sound output is fantastic, the best you can get from an audience recording with no distortion whatsoever and audience noise only at songs ends. The songs are the usual ones played by Mick Taylor during the late 90s but the addition of a second guitarist, jazz rock pioneer Jim Mullen whose solos are very distinctive adds ultimate smooth sophistication to the usual blues tinged Taylor sound, like on the 15 minutes plus version of Blues in the Morning that opens the show. In fact the rhythm section too is very jazz oriented featuring Michael Bailey on bass who, apart Taylor s band, played with various and different acts like Lindisfarne and Mark Knopfler and Richard Bailey on drums from the Incognito group (no relation between them). After I Wonder Why Taylor speaks to the audience excusing the band for not wearing stage uniforms because their luggage got stolen. The version of You Shook Me that follows is another showcase for Taylor s blues licks and tasty descriptive playing style. The second disc opens with a version of Goin South lasting almost 22 minutes where the band s rhythmic abilities are highlighted, the music becomes jazz rock for a while, in the second part of the tune the band members are introduced after their own solo. Next is  Dylan s Blind Willie McTell, the moody song Taylor fell in love with that is played with his great vibrato that enhances the dramatic lyrics covering slavery issues, the unusual chords sequence add charm to this song Taylor mixed with Hendrix All Along The Watchtower. The concert ends with the encore Boogie Man, a cover of Freddy King s song.

Packaging is essential but nice, with just one photo on back cover of the concert hall and clear songs listing.


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