The magpie SALUTE
The Magpie SALUTE Eagle Records ✪✪✪✪✪
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!