Kevin Bryan’s Record Reviews

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews
Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

The Primitives,”Galore” (Cherry Red CDBRED 651)­This attractive re­issue shines a welcome and long overdue spotlight on the final RCA album from Coventry indie band The Primitives.

“Galore” was co­produced by Lightning Seeds stalwart Ian Broudie and first saw the light of day in 1991, showcasing the insidiously memorable blend of guitar based rock and tuneful Blondie influenced pop which had brought the band worldwide chart success a few years earlier with “Crash.”

The 2 CD set also features all The Primitives’ B­sides and a selection of rarities from the early nineties, including the highly sought after “Re­Ravishing Mix” of “You Are The Way.”

“The Guitar Mastery of Tommy Emmanuel” (Favoured Nations)­ Award winning Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel is the subject of this absorbing new anthology from Favoured Nations.

Tommy’s complex finger picking style draws on elements of blues, jazz, country and bluegrass as he immerses himself in the subtle delights of such diverse musical creations as “Lady Madonna,” Carole King’s “Tapestry” and his 1997 duet with the late great Chet Atkins, “Smokey Mountain Lullaby.”

“Latest & Greatest Country Love” (Union Square Music)­ This easy on the ear three record set spans the decades as it serves up a nicely varied menu of country classics for your listening pleasure. The tuneful contents run the gamut from The Everly Brothers’ fifties hits “Bye Bye Love” and “All That I Have To Do Is Dream” to the much more contemporary sounds of Lonestar, Alison Krauss and Sugarland, and Union Square’s astute compilers have also found space for well worn and presumably still highly commercial singalongs such as Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.”

Charles Mingus, “Live in Europe 1975” (Salvo Sound & Vision)­ Inventive and frequently intimidating bass player Charles Mingus is captured in typically commanding form in this impressive audio­visual package, which couples a selection of his ground­breaking studio recordings with a live DVD chronicling this formidable character’s first appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Much loved old favourites such as his elegy for Lester Young ,”Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” are given a welcome airing in the process, with saxist Gerry Mulligan and trumpeter Benny Bailey guesting on a fine version of the Duke Ellington band’s theme tune, “Take the “A” Train.”