Albums - Still Burning The Blues
||Still Burning The Blues (2002)
* Click to hear a sample of the track.
||vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
||vocals, flute, tenor saxophone
||electric and acoustic guitars
||drums and percussion
Additional musicians and special thanks to Chas Duncan [piano on tracks 6/15] Daniel Hall [guitar on tracks 11/12/13/14] Keith Bonthrone [drums on track 3, vocals on tracks 6/9] Andrew Mellor vocals on tracks 11/12/13/14]
All songs Pat Rowbottom except Elven - Rowbottom/Duncan. 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 1997 and 2002.
Mastered at The Basement Studio,Broadbottom in Sept/Oct 2002.
Artwork design ideas by Julian Homer.
Engineered by Dave Forward and Paul Walster. Produced by Pat Rowbottom.
Background to this album
'Still Burning The Blues', is the third studio album recorded by Cold Flame. Released in 2002, the album consists of a collection of original blues rock material some of which was recorded prior to the 'Stormcloud' sessions together with newer material specifically recorded for this particular album. Pat was once again the main songwriter but guitarist Dave Conner also contributed several songs to the project. Additionally..there is a cover song included..a Cold Flame version of the Free classic - 'The Hunter'. Once again the band elected to use two studios - Shipwreck Studios in Glossop, Derbyshire and Basement studios in Broadbottom with studio engineers Paul Walster and Dave Forward sharing duties whilst final mixing and mastering was completed by Dave Forward. The album marked the studio debut of the band's newest recruit Simon Dowling who had replaced Dan Hall in early 2001 though Dan played some lead guitar on several songs. With flute more to the fore on some of the material, the album boasts a much wider range of genres with light blues, heavy blues rock, progressive folk rock and r 'n' b all covered. Songs from this particular album were featured throughout the band's touring schedules across the country during the following twelve months.
The album Still Burning the Blues is available via the band website Shop.
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 token cover number which has been in and out of
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
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.
A rare lead vocal opportunity for Pat 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.
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?
Dave,Keith and I in the studio.Lights off,no sweat,
eyes down,concentrate...the tapes are running.Okay
it goes something like this.
WISE MEN AND FOOLS
The title track of what turned out to be a 'lost'
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
powerful vocals - a warning of the dangers that can be
presented by a beautiful woman.
THE PIPER'S SONG
Originally written for Pat'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
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.
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
P.R. NOVEMBER 2002.
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