Review of 'Heavy Electric Blues' - Mick Abrahams, August 2017
Track one ‘My Soul Rising’ is a deep dirty blues / gospel song that has its roots in the delta. Reminiscent of a Sun House song but deeper still. Great song to open with, and I must say that it takes me back to the sound and feel of Captain Beef-Hearts Magic Band, so it gets my vote every time.
Next track is ‘Holy Moly Blues’ which i have heard before when sitting and jamming with John at my humble studio at home in Milton Keynes. John has this incomparable way of delivering a tune and this is no exception.
One of the funniest titles for a song is ‘Big Man Got a Fat Chicken’ - why this made me laugh i have no idea , but it made me giggle away like a mad man !! The song itself is yet another of Long John's superb deliveries. There is some very original sounding guitar which deepens the mystery of the man and his chicken!! This track is somewhat infectious so I invite you to catch it !! This whole album is enjoyable from start to finish- in fact so cool, i took it on holiday with me !!
Other tracks are ‘Tequila ‘Hell Aint No Place To Be’, ‘Cold Blood Blues’, ‘Deep Water’ and many other brilliant blues based ditties which should liven you up no end.
All in all ,a very listenable album and one which I think you should enjoy - so go and buy it you know you want to!
Review of 'Heavy Electric Blues' - Johnny Rollins Jnr. April 2017
This May 2017 Long John & The Killer Blues Collective launch their debut album Heavy Electric Blues. A 2 year recording journey searching deep in to the heart and soul. This explosive new British band aim to put British Blues back in the spot light.
The album opens up a frenzied and wild alternative mix of dirty Blues and its Rock n’ Roll cousin opening with the track ‘My Soul Rising’, a primal scream to the Devil within with echoes of Sun House and Led Belly. The track is merely a taste of what’s to come. The Screaming guitars of track two ‘Holy Moly’ bares another of Long John's poetic rants and serves you an erotic trip, injecting a heady cocktail of bullish sleaze into your ears while hard liquor is pouring down your throat.
‘Preacher's House’ opens a dusty southern road and a ride way down south for Fried Chicken and God help us a hoar house in an old Georgia church! Surely Long John’s going hell bound?! Just as you think that’s going to be the case, the track ‘Devils Train’ pulls into the station and does exactly what it says. Jesus save me! By this point I’m beginning to wonder when the steam will run out and will this Devils Train leave the tracks and burst into flames? But no, along comes a mighty Brit Blues beast with ‘Lay Me Down’. Positively seductive and brutally to the point, this track takes no prisoners it’s pure sex on wax!
So, just as you’re rolling along on this big Blues rusty ol’ Chevy ride, side one grinds to an end with ‘Deep Water’ a monumental Pink Floyd meets Link Ray vibe with honest poetic lyrics groaning about the worlds chaotic turmoil! A superb backing vocal from Nicky Prince, and Danny Page takes another gold for his blistering guitar solo.
Moving on to Side two, I find myself lost down a Rocky Mountains path looking for God and the truth with ‘Healer Man’. I’m beginning to think there’s an underline message in this piece of work. This song is this kind of track you would play over and over again. It has a message and a meaning absolutely genuine to its core.
So now my mind is transported away. Am I listening to a man searching for his soul? The answer is NO, as we kick into ‘Cold Blood Blues Revisited’. A story of a bad woman illustrated by 100 watt amps and a beaten-up guitar.
Track nine on this bastard son of the blues album is titled ‘Hell Aint No Place To Be’ and it kicks off with a Deep Purple-esq vibe, and ends working up a Disco beat on the dance floor!
Next up to bat is an almost Brit Indie Rock meets late night Jazz track if that makes sense?! However, this album is not made for sensible people. It’s made for people who like their Blues mean and dirty and refreshingly thoughtful. ‘Fat Chicken’ track number 10 sends us into the late-night backstreet bars of New York for a drink of whiskey with Tom Waits. Dark and Smokey, you almost find yourself digging into your pocket for five bucks for the stripper! So how do you end an album so diverse, so unpredictable and so determined to take no prisoners? A shot of ‘Tequila’ is the final act to send you packing. A southern desert rock trippy monster that keeps you transfixed to the final note!
I’m totally involved. This is a Big-Big record. Cleverly written, dark and menacing yet caringly honest.
A magnificent marriage of an underground rough around the edge feel and superb musicianship. Masters of their art, and intelligently applied. Contemporary and challenging but always respecting the heritage of The Blues. ‘Heavy Electric Blues’ is a record that almost didn’t happen.
I’m SO glad it did.
Johnny Rollins Jnr.