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Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:08 pm
by Alan Balfour
Recently purchased this from Adam and couldn't resist knocking out a few hundred words.

Dealing With That Feeling – Errol Linton & Adam Blake – Ruby Records 004

Hoodoo Man/Dealing With That Feeling/Step Back/Mama Said/You're The One/Rosie/It Hurts Me Too/Shake 'Em On Down/Love That Woman/ Honey Dripper

At first glance the above may shout 'standards', however, theirs is by no means slavish copying. It is refreshing to hear such recognizable material performed so intuitively by such a complete, cohesive duo. Their repertoire has been drawn from such sources as, Joe Liggins, Sonny Boy, Elmore, an age-old work song, plus one written by Errol's first busking partner the late, great, 'Pigmeat' Pete Smith.

For me the real ear openers are the two songs penned by Adam and Errol, respectively Dealing With That Feeling and Mama Said. Adam’s lyric instantly brought to mind Louisiana Red and the pairing of Sugar Blue when Red toured the UK in 1970s. Errol's Mama Said with Hookerish accompaniment to a sardonic, tell it like it was lyric, bears successive plays.

Errol and Adam have been performing as a duo for a couple of decades and, although they maintain a healthy presence on the club circuit and internet, national/international tours seem to have eluded them. Hopefully the release of this CD will bring their hidden talents to a wider audience.

More than worth the ten quid I paid for the CD which in itself is a nicely produced artefact. To quote the late Mike Raven - 'my kinda music'.

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:17 pm
by Adam Blake
28 views but not a word was heard...

Thanks, Alan, for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the cd.

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:01 pm
by Garth Cartwright
I did not know you have a new CD out, Adam! I very much look forward to hearing it. On a good night - as last Saturday at the Green Note - you and Errol and co' are amongst my very favourite bands on the planet. Blues on a summer night with Jamaican flavouring. Perfect.

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:16 pm
by will vine
Garth Cartwright wrote:I did not know you have a new CD out, Adam!


Them contract discs are feckin' great, said my Irish mate a decade or two ago, adding, They're so feckin' easy to store..........'specially if you've only got one of them.

I have now got considerably more than one, but I take it this one is essential listening, and I'll have to acquire it AND find shelf space for it. Is it available at my local petrol station?

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:29 pm
by Adam Blake
Thanks Garth and Will. It's not an official release. The cd is a souvenir on sale to people who come to the duo shows that Errol and I do on a regular basis in and around town. We are printing them more or less to order. If anyone would like to buy one, send me a PM. They cost a tenner.

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:57 pm
by NormanD
Well worth getting hold of one - all proceeds go to two good homes. I think that Adam and Errol are best heard live. On a good day - which is every time I've heard them - they roll so well together. This CD of studio cuts is a damn fine summary of them playing on a good day.

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:36 pm
by Jamie Renton
I scored a fix on Portobello Road this afternoon. My man Adam (who cooks the shit up himself with his friend Errol) saw me right. The gear and the cash exchanging hands right there on the street.

I needed it bad, couldn't wait til i got home to take a taste. I sat there on the tube, letting the warm, dirty, sweet rush of harp, guitar and vocals wash over me. Kind of funny watching all the squares with their Metros and their Standards, with no idea as to what was getting me high, right in front of their eyes.

I felt sated after that, but even right then I knew I'd need another fix soon enough. Here I go again, dealing with that feeling is right, here's one monkey i don't ever want to get off my back.

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:58 pm
by Adam Blake
Glad you liked it, Jamie!

Re: Dealing With That Feeling

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:19 am
by Garth Cartwright
I bought this off Errol earlier this week - along with a painting of Sonny Boy Williamson (Errol is a very talented painter and takes commissions if you so require). It is excellent. Possibly Errol's best album as the sound quality is crisp and he and Adam both play superbly. Rhythm sections are bloody difficult to record, ay? Lovely effort from both musicians and unavailable on Spotify, Amazon, itunes etc so you need to go to a gig to get one. Adam's at the Ritzy on Nov 30 with the lovely Nikki - hopefully he will bring a few copies along to knock out to you lucky listeners!