The mag­pie SALUTE

The Mag­pie SALUTE Ea­gle Records ✪✪✪✪✪

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If the band’s name is un­fa­mil­iar to you then be in­formed that The Mag­pie Salute com­prises three key mem­bers of the much-cel­e­brated and sorely missed Black Crowes. Rich Robin­son, Marc Ford and Sven Pipen form the nu­cleus of the band, plus there’s also the poignant pres­ence of The Crowes’ late key­board player, Ed­die Harsch, mak­ing his fi­nal recorded ap­pear­ance. The band hit upon the idea of go­ing into Ap­ple­head Record­ing Stu­dios in Wood­stock, New York to record their epony­mous de­but in front of a live, in­vited au­di­ence, re­sult­ing in an elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance through­out the CD’s col­lec­tion of 10 tracks. The em­pha­sis is placed squarely on mu­si­cal free­dom, with half the al­bum’s tracks com­ing in at over seven min­utes in length. But does it work? We only had to hear their cover of De­laney & Bon­nie’s Comin’ Home and we were con­vinced that yes, it does! Robin­son’s and Ford’s gui­tars, mixed hard left and right on the al­bum, gel to­gether su­perbly, so much so that we were driven to get in touch with Marc Ford and ask him a lit­tle about the gear used on the al­bum. “I was us­ing my Asher sig­na­ture model,” he told us, “and I used one of Richie’s amps, a Fender Twinolux, the Clap­ton model, which is a big, loud beast! And that was it.” Delv­ing deeper into the al­bum, the band’s re­work­ing of The Black Crowes’ What Is Home is an­other treat. “It could have just not been great, that’s very pos­si­ble, and thank­fully it wasn’t,” Marc con­tin­ues. “I think my se­cret con­cern was that it wasn’t go­ing to be a valid, liv­ing thing with a fu­ture. But, hear­ing the record, I was so shocked at how in­cred­i­ble it is.” We couldn’t agree more!

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