VA – UK Blues 2Day Vol. 2: A Dave Spark Music Compilation (2015)

Artist: Various Artists
Title: UK Blues 2Day Vol. 2 (A Dave Spark Music Compilation)
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Spinnup
Genre: Electric Blues, Blues Rock, British Blues
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 57:16
Total Size: 133 MB

01 Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – Beatitudes (5:21)
02 Blue Horizon – Big House (3:19)
03 TBelly – Respectable Man (4:24)
04 Ali Clinton – Lost Me (4:42)
05 Blues Engine – Danse Macabre (3:21)
06 The Della Grants – Too Fast (3:54)
07 Mark Harrison – Floating Around (4:06)
08 Gav Hamilton & The Jayhawkers – Bad Trip Tent (3:55)
09 Angela Lewis Brown – Ice Cold Tears (4:55)
10 Mat Walklate – So Long (3:52)
11 Red River Hogs – (You) Set Me Free (3:29)
12 Ruby Tiger – Best Friend (4:06)
13 Lol Goodman Band – Highway (4:10)
14 Husky Tones – Uncle Walter (3:35)

The whole gamut of the Blues spectrum is represented – from the traditional sounding ‘Uncle Walter’ by Husky Tones; to the Rock end of the genre, courtesy of Ali Clinton’s ‘The Lie 24-96’. There is the dulcet voice of Zoe Schwarz on ‘Beatitudes’; contrasting with the gravelly vocals of T Belly’s ‘Respectable Man’. We have the R’n’B of Rev. Ferriday’s ‘Red Painted Lips’; compared to the Country influenced vibe of Mat Walklate’s ‘So Long’. Several artists, such as The Della Grants; and The Blue Horizon, have a song on both volumes. And there is a lot more besides: Dave is keen to especially point out ‘Layla’ by FutureBlues: ‘.it is a strange bed-fellow with the other tracks.’ he told me ‘. but with a new twist on the modern side. I felt it deserved a place on the album’.

But being a big fan of female vocal, I was especially pleased to see that tracks by several ladies that I have been very impressed with lately have been included; ie: Ruby Tiger’s ‘Best Friend’; Tanya Piche’s ‘Blues Child Woman’; and Angela Lewis Brown’s ‘Ice Cold Tears’. Ruby and Angela were my recommendations; but Tanya was already known to Dave. In spite of the fact that there is lot of female vocal on these two albums (I’m glad to say); there is also some talk of a separate Women In Blues album too; so that sounds promising as well.

I’m recommending both volumes to long-term Blues fans; as well as those who are interested to find out what the UK Blues scene is all about. These albums are good samples of the genre as a whole. ~Phil the Music Quill


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