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Trackside Blues (1969) - Brunning Sunflower Blues Band

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Pete Banham, Bob Brunning, Bob (Robert) Hall, Colin Jordan

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Regular Album Tracklisting:
Ride With Your Daddy TonightLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:32
Tube Train Blues
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:19
Sunflower ShuffleInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:14
Simple Simon
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 2:15
I Met This Bird In Playboy
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 2:33
Ah! SoulInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 2:35
  Comments: (Take 1)
It Takes TimeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:33
Baby You're The Real Thing
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:02
  Comments: Sometimes billed as "Baby, You're The Real Thing"
If You Let Me Love YouLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 7:00
North Star
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 2:57
Closing Hours
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:14
CD Bonus Track:
Ah! SoulInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1969-10-00, Running Time: 3:22
  Comments: (Take 2 - titled "Uranus")
    Guest Appearance »

Peter Green

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    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

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Bob Brunning (Songwriter), Bob Brunning (Songwriter), Bob (Robert) Hall (Songwriter), Bob (Robert) Hall (Songwriter), Colin Jordan (Songwriter), Colin Jordan (Songwriter), B(lues) B(oy) (Riley) King (Songwriter), Sam Ling (Saul Samuel Bihari) (Songwriter), Scotty Moore (Songwriter), Otis Rush (Songwriter)

    Record Label »
Saga Records/Appaloosa Records

    Catalogue Number »

EROS 8132/AP 031

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Doesn't de-rail too much
Review written by John Fitzgerald, June 18th, 2005

Although more spotty than it's predecessor, the highlights on "Trackside blues" are on the right track. Guest Peter Green helps make this album shine as evident on the raw guitar & harmonica driven shuffling opener "Ride with your daddy tonight". He returns later with convincing lead vocals on a galloping cover of Otis Rush's "It takes time" which still stands up well against Peter's latter day Splinter Group versions of the song. Tracks like this along with "Homework" from the Fleetwood Mac Chess sessions has often made me wonder that perhaps Green was influenced more by Rush than had originally been thought. There's more Green lead vocals on the beautifully soothing cover of a song co penned by someone who has often been cited (rightly or wrongly) as one that has influenced Green in B.B. King's "If you let me love you". "Ah soul" is a tumbling instrumental which sounds leaner here than it does on the other take of this song known as "Uranus" from the BSBB's "I wish you would" album and sometimes the softer approach on "Uranus" is preferable but generally this one is the one to lean towards. Brunning has the writing credit on this song along with another one that Peter plays on though in a back seat mold in "Simple Simon", an amusing sequel to his "Big belly blues" from "Bullen street blues" (as his new born son Simon is what was making Brunning's wife big bellied in the "Bullen street blues" track a year earlier) though again the campy-ness of the track is it's main plus point. Other Brunning penned pieces here include "Tube train blues" which is an unfortunately sluggish slow blues, the promising, funnily titled "I met this bird in Playboy" which disappoints due to it's draggy feel and the aptly titled "Closing hours" finishes the album which is not far removed from the opening cut on John Mayall (& The Bluesbreakers)'s "Crusade" album, "Oh pretty woman" in it's same punchy vein. A BSBB album wouldn't be complete without a solo Bob Hall piano rumble and we get it here courtesy of "Sunflower shuffle". A couple low points arrive in the shape of "Baby you're the real thing" which is authentic sounding enough with it's guitar & vocal only arrangement but it's hit and miss on the whole and "North star" is a speedy Elmore James type shuffle which, to be blunt, is just rather flat. Overall though, you'll reach the station on time with the high water marks on this platter.

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Discography entry submitted by Anders Linnartsson & Jeff Kenney.