Dave Martone NAcIMIENTO
On this instrumental outing Martone plays nylon-string guitar, cajon and general percussion, the only outside help coming from bassist David Spidel. And what a gem it turns out to be; full of fabulous playing and exciting arrangements. This is not the usual American songbook plunder, however; the material is far reaching, from Malageuna and classical Gas to The Final countdown and Spider-Man, all done with vigour and aptitude - and Martone is a true expert of the genre. One of the biggest surprises is his version of Boney M’s Rasputin which really knocks along, and with with a huge sound. It’s impossible not to smile as you listen, and that’s the whole thing about this album: it makes you feel good. It’s about familiar songs, great arrangements and all benefiting from fresh, new ideas from an excellent player, making this is a very upbeat and rewarding album to listen to. rediscovered and with today’s mastering techniques these performances have been given a new lease of life. These shows are earlier than those featured on the band’s triple live album, Yessongs and the quality here is amazingly good. For most people this ‘highlights’ selection of tracks from five different venues will be a great addition to their collection but for the hardened Yes fan the box set will be nothing short of manna from heaven. released way back in 1977, but now available on CD. He’s a fine tunesmith and that is very evident on this album. He’s also able to call upon useful friends like Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder from the Moodies to join him on the acoustic-led Simply Magic. He’s also enlisted the help of guitarist Chris Spedding who proves to be an excellent choice, adding fire and authority to this album. Being such a pivotal member of the Moodies it will come as no surprise that there are similarities in the material here, but there’s enough that’s different to make this a very viable release; it’s melodic, easy on the ear but full of great performances and variety. Lodge will be touring in the UK with The Moody Blues next month. said, it does feature music from 1992’s Tubular Bells II plus the more recognisable radio edits and single versions for tracks like Sentinel, To Be Free, Far Above The Clouds and the single remix of Tubular Bells from 2003. Much of Mike’s music stays within this formula, with a few unusual directions; yet undoubtedly it has all stood the test of time. While the second CD will fill in a few gaps for the regular Oldfield collector, CD one will appeal to someone newly discovering his music so this should appeal to all. challenge to reinvent himself? Well Neil Young, the late Jeff Healey, Joe Bonamassa and Peter Frampton for starters but there are others too. It’s an upbeat album that truly lives up to its title with lots of variation within the blues remit. Little Girl Lost features Neil Young and is a bit like an over produced ZZ Top track but it works extremely well. Confessing To The Devil with Healey is a sort of chant over a Bo Diddley rhythm and the title track enlists Frampton and features a nice chord progression. Randy is almost re-inventing himself here but this is a really enjoyable, driving blues-rock album with some great guitar from all concerned.