2017COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Suzi Quattro - vocals, bass * Andy Scott - guitars * Don Powell - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 Slow Down * 02 Long Way From Home * 03 Tobacco Road * 04 If Only * 05 Bright Lights Big City * 06 Pain (Orchestral) * 07 Just Like A Woman * 08 Mend A Broken Heart * 09 The Price Of Love * 10 Broken Pieces Suite * 11 I Walk On Gilded Splinters * 12 Late Nights Early Flights * 13 Pain (Band Version) [Bonus Track] * 14 Little SisterRATING:
An interesting collaboration from three musicians associated with the glam rock era from the early-mid 70's. They probably need no introduction, well Suzi Quattro doesn't, as a solo artist with hits throughout the 70's decade, plus as an actress, if anyone who remembers 'Happy Days' will recall, her role as Fonzie's girlfriend Leather Tuscadero. Andy Scott was a member of The Sweet
while Don Powell was the drummer with Slade
. Glam rock royalty? You betcha! So you can imagine QSP delivering an updated version of their roots in 2017? Well, not quite, but it still sounds pretty good.
If the opener 'Slow Down' is anything to go by, this could be the boogie album of the year! Yes? Well no, QSP deliver all sorts of light and shade, with variety the name of the game on this album. Second up 'Long Way From Home' is very appealing from a 2017 perspective, good crisp hard rock without any blues or boogie pretenses. 'Tobacco Road' gets exotic and stomping, the sort of song they'd be belting out in the Confederate South on a steamy night! Just listen to 'If Only' reminding me of Ronnie Spector
at her best, or the two versions of 'Pain'. One an orchestral version, the other a full band version, both are great, poignant songs. Very melodic too. The cover of Bob Dylan
's 'Just Like A Woman' is kinda cool, while the Andy Scott song 'Mend A Broken Heart' operates at the lounge club level, with brushes used instead of drumsticks, chuck in a few brass instruments too.
'The Price Of Love' is an Everly Brothers
tune, but QSP's version is possibly nothing like you've ever heard before, with chugging hard rock guitars to the max. For something a little unusual, Suzi's contribution 'Broken Pieces Suite' is front-loaded with piano and orchestral backing, including a children's choir. It changes course mid song, converting to a hard rock anthem. Nice. 'I Walk On Gilded Splinters' is a cover of the Dr John
tune originally found on his 1968 LP 'Gris Gris', but it has also been covered by many others since, including Humble Pie
and the . QSP's version is as swirling and muddy as the original. Quattro and Scott wrote 'Late Nights Early Flights' together, and it shows that it doesn't really matter what decade wer'e talking about with QSP. The album is concluded by the tune 'Little Sister' made popular by Ry Cooder but written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; who had also written successful songs such as 'Viva Las Vegas' for Elvis Presley and 'Save The Last Dance For Me' for The Drifters.
To be honest, I don't really hear any soundalikes to any of QSP's origins. This album has a lot of presence, and there appears to be a lot of room in the mix. It's mostly a melodic blues rock album with a load of appeal to old 70's fogies like me, and for a few others no doubt. A lot of music (14 tracks), variety galore and lots to like. Get ready for some alphabet soup with QSP.
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