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My favorite BSBB album
Review written by John Fitzgerald, December 5th, 2004
This is my favorite BSBB album mainly due to side one's surprisingly fun material. We open with the likable, moaning slow blues of "Gone back home" followed by the up beat, bossa nova-ish "Hit that wine" (written by Brunning) then comes the perfect, easy shuffling title track (again impressively written by Brunning). The next track is a very good chunky piano led instrumental called "No idea" (as legend has it, due to not being able to come up with a title for it). After a soothing finish we get a white noise Elmore James type rocker in "Shout your name and call it" and then the side ends with the Brunning penned, attention grabbing nasty sing a long "Take your hands off me". Though side 2 is weaker, it's not a complete loss as we get the campy "Big belly blues", again, written by Brunning about his then pregnant wife and he also wrote the closing good time swing of "Rockin' chair" (but it is an admittedly disappointing closer). Other enjoyable moments are present though, there's the aptly titled "Sunflower boogie" (a rumbling solo piano instrumental by the band's keys player Bob Hall (under the pseudonym "Sunflower" from the band's moniker) and thus starts the tradition of a Hall solo piece on each BSBB album), the slow "'Fore time began" (with well placed piano fills though to be fair, it is somewhat draggy) and the fast shouting shuffle of "Something tells me" but I'm sure if you seek out a copy of this album, side one will most definitely impress you enough to make you a satisfied customer with your purchase of this platter.
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Recorded & mixed in 2 days at Saga Studios, Kensal Road, North London.