Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CD Review: "Jeffology" Pays Tribute To Jeff Beck While Tom Killner Hits The "Hard Road"

Guitarist Jeff Beck is arguably one of the greatest to have ever picked up the six-stringed instrument. He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame twice (The Yardbirds in 1992 & solo in 2009) and has definitely influenced a new generation of guitarists. On October 2nd, Cleopatra Records remastered and re-issued a guitarist tribute to Jeff Beck with "Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle." The new eleven-song release begins with a blazing version of "New Ways/Train Train" featuring Warren Demartini (Ratt) shredding his way through the song. Paul Gilbert lends a hand to the classic Yardbirds' hit "Heart Full Of Soul," before Def Leppard's Phil Collen delivers the emotional "Cause We've Ended As Lovers." Guitarist Walter Trout gives his all to the "Blues Deluxe," then Jake E. Lee rocks the foundation with some "Rice Pudding." Toto's Steve Lukather adds some rock vibes to the Latin-based feel of "Behind The Veil" and Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars gives an amazing, energetic close to the album with "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago." To find out more about the new re-issue of "Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle," please visit cleorecs.com.

U.K. bluesman Tom Killner recently released his debut album, "Hard Road" through Cleopatra Records. It mixes together cover songs with some originals as Killner puts his blues stamp on every song, turning them into a style all his own. The new eleven-song release begins with the raw blues-shuffle of "Comin' Home" as Killner's vocals are a little reckless during the opener. He draws upon the gospel feel of "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked," tearing through an electrifying guitar solo, before settling down for an amazing cover of "Feeling Good." Killner draws upon the funk of "Fake It," then brings you along for the seven-plus minute ride of the slow blues of "Hard Road." He drops a jazzy rhythm to the Chicago-blues feel of "Whiskey Haze," then heads to close the album with the classic, southern rock of "Midnight Call." Tom Killner and his band have some shows scattered around the U.K. for the next couple months. To find out more about his new album "Hard Road," please visit tomkillnerband.co.uk.

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