Albums - Still Burning The Blues


  Still Burning The Blues (2002)
End of the line *
Burning the blues
The Hunter
Still need you by my side *
Chasing the Dragon
First time blues
Another day gone
Fools gold
Someone new
Mr.Pizza-Man
Wise Men and Fools
The Piper's song *
No worry
I want to be me.
Elven

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* Click to hear a sample of the track.

 

Musicians Pat Rowbottom vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
  Peter Cheetham vocals, flute, tenor saxophone
  Simon Dowling electric and acoustic guitars
  Dave Slater drums and percussion
  Dave Connor electric guitars

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 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 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.

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 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 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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