Vinyl LP-only pressing of this career-spanning compilation from the Country/Roots singer/songwriter. Culled from numerous posthumous CD releases, Clay Pigeons marks the first-ever proper LP release by one of Country music’s most beautiful, yet oft unheard, voices. Featuring many of Blaze’s best loved songs from 1976-88 including ‘Oval Room,’ ‘Clay Pigeons,’ and ‘If I Could Only Fly’, a song Merle Haggard described as ”the best Country song I’ve heard in 15 years.”
This is the 14th studio album from Nashville’s masked marvels of instrumental guitar rock Los Straitjackets.Guitarist and co-founder Danny Amis (aka Daddy-O Grande) was forced to drop out of the band after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, but after a grueling two years of treatment, he returns to action on Jet Set, and longtime fans will heave a sigh of relief as they spin this disc and hear that Amis and his bandmates are sounding as sharp as ever. Los Straitjackets have been mining ’60s instrumental rock for inspiration since 1988, and Jet Set demonstrates they haven’t hit bottom just yet.
The Cost Of Love showcases Suzanne Thomas’ ability at guitar and songwriting very nicely. She penned seven of the eight original numbers and gives outstanding takes on the covers of Buddy Guy’s “Damn Right (I Got The Blues)” and Otis Rush’s “All My Love (I Miss Lovin’).” Both covers feature harmonica by Jimmy Z who worked for years with Etta James. The slow blues “Set Me Free” is a definite highlight on this disc, as is the title track “The Cost Of Love.” They both display her excellence as a vocalist although in two completely different approaches, the first quite emotional and the other rather gritty. The guitar work is superb on both. “Poor Man’s Dream” also stands out with its brisk guitar and rollicking organ work. “Dusty 6 String Box” is a spoken word narrative relating a tale of the blues with an instrumental backing and “Musta Been Gone 2 Long” has been recorded to sound like a scratchy old LP.
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