Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Alexis KORNER & Snape - Accidentally Born In New Orelans 1972

Alexis KORNER & Snape - Accidentally Born In New Orelans 1972


Unfortunately, the music itself hasn't improved with age. What could have been an astounding collaboration between British blues granddaddy Alexis Korner and Snape, featuring CCS slide guitarist Peter Thorup and former King Crimson members Mel Collins, Ian Wallace, and Boz Burrell, never gets up to speed. The musicians fail to match the emotional fervor that tracks like "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" or "Rock Me" demand, while the remaining tunes definitely needed to be brightened up. Part of what makes this date so frustrating are the few shining moments that provide a window into what could have been. For instance, the overdubbed horn section in the middle of "Country Shoes" begins to boil with a dynamic blend of R&B and free jazz, before the tune inexplicably droops into generic hard rock filler. Evidently the chemistry of the band's short existence was lost somewhere between the initial tracks recorded in San Francisco and the finishing touches applied in a London studio with a smattering of special guests who included Steve Marriott, Zoot Money, Patto members Ollie Halsall and Mike Patto, and keyboardist Tim Hinkley, who was working at the time with Alvin Lee and Humble Pie. With that kind of talent, you would have expected more from this aggregation than the flat production and the overall forgettable arrangements.
By Al Campbell. AMG.
Boz Burrell- Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Mel Collins- Flute, Piano, Horn,(Alto, Baritone,Soprano,Tenor Sax)
Ollie Halsall- Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Tim Hinkley- Piano, Vocals (bckgr)
Alexis Korner- Guitar, Arranger, Vocals, Tiple
Sappho Gillett Korner- Vocals, Vocals (Bckgr)
Steve Marriott- Organ, Vocals (Bckgr)
Zoot Money- Piano, Keyboards
Mike Patto- Piano, Vocals (Bckgr)
Peter Thorup- Guitar, Arranger, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Ian Wallace- Drums
A1. Gospel Ship 3:35
A2. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer 3:02
A3. Sweet Sympathy 3:46
A4. Rock Me 6:29

B1. Don't Change On Me 3:43
B2. You Got The Power (To Turn Me On) 4:44
B3. Lo And Behold 6:56
B4. Country Shoes 4:43

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