|Still Burning The Blues (2002)|
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|Musicians||Patrick Rowbottom||vocals,bass guitar,keyboards|
|Peter Cheetham||vocals,flute,tenor saxophone|
|Simon Dowling||electric and acoustic guitars|
|Dave Slater||drums and percussion|
|with Dave Connor||electric guitars|
|Additional Musicians||Keith Bonthrone||drums and vocals|
All songs Patrick Rowbottom
except'Elven'Rowbottom/Duncan/Cheetham.'Chasing the Dragon','Fools gold','Someone new'-Dave Conner.'The Hunter'-Jones,Cropper,Dunn.
Recorded and mixed at The Basement Studio,Broadbottom and Shipwreck Studios,Glossop between 1995 and 2002.
Mastered at The Basement Studio,Broadbottom in Sept/Oct 2002.
Engineered by Dave Forward and Paul Walster.
Produced by Patrick Rowbottom.
By way of explaination'Still Burning The Blues', the band's 4th album,represents a collection of hitherto unreleased studio material recorded by the members of Cold Flame between late 1995 and the present day.As we celebrate our eighteenth anniversary,it seemed fitting to plunder the dark and decaying vaults of our two favourite recording studios to rescue a number of tunes that for one reason or another failed to make the grade first time round.
Although nothing suitable remains from the original line up other than dodgy four track stuff,we can at least say a warm hello once more to some of the other rogues who have passed through our ranks down the years.Several songs from the mid 1990's mingle with out-takes from the 'Stormcloud' sessions.Some new stuff has been added featuring the present line up just to spice things up even further.
For those of you new to the band,sit back,relax and enjoy.For those of you who have followed Cold Flame through the years with positive interest,this is for you.Thanks for listening!
STILL BURNING THE BLUES
[a track by track explaination]
END OF THE LINE I can only ever recollect meeting one girl at the railway station.She was from Scotland-tall,intelligent and gorgeous.Sadly our union was all too brief.The band just could not resist bringing out a brand new version of what has always been a storming crowd pleaser and recent set opener.One for Simon to show us what he is really made of.Cucumber sandwich anyone?
BURNING THE BLUES It's been a long hard and at times painful road these past eighteen years.However the music has also given me personally a hell of a lot of pleasure over the years and I'm not ready to stop just yet.A brand new piece with menacing bluesy overtones before becoming a vehicle for sax and guitar egotism.
THE HUNTER The token cover number which has been in and out of C.F sets for the last five years or so and always retains a certain modest charm despite it's overtly sexist message.This is another new recording displaying Pete's increasing prowess on vox.One for the dancers amongst you.
STILL NEED YOU BY MY SIDE Typical r'n'b done the Cold Flame way.A new version of an old favourite which gives Pete an opportunity to let fly on his trusted tenor.This is the way it should have sounded in the first place.
CHASING THE DRAGON This instrumental track was conceived when Dave C. visited the Far East a couple of years ago.Originally appearing on Dave's solo album-'Second Contact' last year ,this is a remixed version which has been given a live airing every time Dave has guested with the band this year to help keep his fingers in fine fettle.
FIRST TIME BLUES Not the version that appeared on the 'Stormcloud' album but a much simplified out-take from the same sessions in 1999.An opportunity for long time band friend and classically trained pianist,Chas Duncan to contribute something both poignant and audible backing Keith's rich vocal.
ANOTHER DAY GONE Another out-take from the 'Stormcloud' sessions with double tracked flute taking responsibility for the lead work rather than acoustic guitar as on the original.The Tull influence permeates throughout.
FOOL'S GOLD A rare lead vocal opportunity for Patrick on a quirky song of Dave's originally recorded in mid 1998.The song itself deals with being in a relationship that is going nowhere.You want out.Time to move on but she won't let go.Dave in his Marje Proops role....strange.
SOMEONE NEW Another tune of Dave,s recorded around the same time when presumably we had some spare time away from the gig circuit.This tune I am reliably informed contrasts dramatically with the previous one.An emotional rollercoaster - wanting someone who no longer wants you and knows it.Can you cope? What will you do?
MR.PIZZA MAN Dave,Keith and I in the studio.Lights off,no sweat, eyes down,concentrate...the tapes are running.Okay guys it goes something like this.
WISE MEN AND FOOLS The title track of what turned out to be a 'lost' album Recorded during late 1996/early 1997 we had high hopes but somehow things didn't quite go to plan and the material has remained under wraps..till now.The track itself is typical band fare..rocking to the limits as Dave and Dan exchange guitar histronics around Andrew's powerful vocals - a warning of the dangers that can be presented by a beautiful woman.
THE PIPER'S SONG Originally written for Patrick's second folk rock style solo album 'Sands of Time' in 1995.Twelve months on the band decided on a full blown rerecording for the 'lost'album after previewing the track several times live to unanimous approval.Flutes,guitars and strings mingle together in a swirl of folk rock at it's heaviest.Again you sense the Tull presence very forcibly.
NO WORRY A laid back catchy almost dancy blues tune from the same sessions which showcases Daniel's finger work in the central instrumental passage and displays his allegience to guitar maestro Steve Vai.
I WANT TO BE ME Autobiographical.....Hmm,so am I dreaming?... well perhaps.Who doesn't fancy at some point emulating their musical heroes.The stage beckons...the audience waits with pounding heart and baited breath as indeed so do I.It's not the money.It's the crack...someone wake me! Another out and out rocker from the same sessions that only now sees the light of day.
ELVEN A brand new instumental closes the album in a reflective,poignant and almost spiritual way.Good to leave you calmly and at peace whilst at the same time acknowledging the little guys on the front cover of this album.They do exist you know if you know where to look.
P.R. NOVEMBER 2002.
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