[ SHORT REVIEWS | DETAILED REVIEWS
(224:56, JAM Recordings)
TRACK LIST: Too long to place here
Prolusion. This 3 CD set claims to feature 74 ‘stellar songs from the best rock and power pop bands from around the world’. It is the brainchild of JEREMY (Morris) who selected the tracks for release on Jam Recordings and contributed a few himself. However good the cause and this is a charity CD for the victims of Hurricane Katrina a 3 CD set of bands he has never heard before spanning 3? hours is a daunting prospect for any reviewer. However, despite the rather sickly cover I did manage to last the course and find much to enjoy.
CD 1 gets off to a great start with Float on the Water by The Next Big Thing from the USA and indeed its guitar and harmony vocals are what it ‘says on the box’ ‘subtle’! The Red Button is “Revolver” inspired while Dorian Gray pop up here (and elsewhere) with a rare track entitled The Only One. The Beatles influence is writ large on this compilation but there is also one from Bill Kaffenberger ‘one of the biggest Byrdmaniax on the planet’. The standard is amazingly consistent with contributions from all over the world: the USA, Israel, Norway, Australia, Sweden, Germany, including a nice little tribute to Nick Drake: I wish I could remember which one! There are 26 songs on CD 1 alone so I’ll swiftly move on to CD 2.
Conclusion. Those into retro rock and pop and the efforts of labels like Pink Hedgehog to keep the sixties alive and well will enjoy “Sweet Relief”. This collection proves once again, if proof were needed, the enduring influence of The Beatles to ELO to XTC, The Byrds, The Hollies et al. The only problem is there’s so much music that bands can get lost in there. I for one will be following quite a few of them up. Derivative it certainly is but immensely enjoyable and all in a good cause!
PJ=Philip Jackson: May 20, 2009
[ SHORT REVIEWS | DETAILED REVIEWS - LIST | BANDLISTS ]