Paul Lamb and The King Snakes - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2017)

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Paul Lamb and The King Snakes - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2017)

Paul Lamb and The King Snakes - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2017)
Electric Blues, Harmonica Blues | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:45:02 | 105 MB
Label: The Big Shed Music Company | Release Year: 2017

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Paul Lamb and the King Snakes" the announcer introduces the band for an evening of traditional and rocking blues. More than that this is a simply outstanding concert recorded live at one of the truly iconic venues, and Paul and his band serve up as good a set of blues as you will ever hear. Their last album was a set of late night blues "After Hours", well received it was as well, but here in a large venue the full King Snakes show is to be heard, over eleven songs five of which are self written, the others some very well chosen covers that suit the band perfectly.

Paul Lamb over the last forty plus years has been one of the most respected, awarded and finest harmonica players in the world, and yet still he never stops moving forward and developing his music, one listen to this new set and if it doesn’t get an award for best true blues album it would be unfair. Over several tracks the interplay between Paul and his son Ryan is quite outstanding, and Ryan deserves recognition as a guitarist, absolutely rooted in the blues tradition and has brought an even greater depth to the band since he joined a few years ago now. Long time co-vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chad Strentz is still there, and remains one of the finest vocalists around but here he and Paul share the vocal duties. Add to these front three a rhythm section second to none, the rock on which any band depends on Rod Demick on bass guitar and drummer Dino Coccia. Well, that’s the line up, what about the album itself. Before we mention songs the production sound is superb, clear and so well balanced throughout.

The set opens with "Mr Lamb’s Groove Walk" a gentle opener with a laid back shuffle beat, up front Paul’s harmonica, alongside some seriously tasty guitar work by Ryan makes this instrumental the perfect choice to build the set on, before the pace is upped with a song Paul wrote many years ago about a young lady he once knew "Jumpin’ Little Judy" and with Chad taking over the vocal side. Next up one featuring in the main Paul and Ryan again "Let Me In". The version of the Sonny Boy Williamson "Ain’t It A Pity" sounds like a modern day Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry that feel works perfectly here, and once again featuring the father / son combination.

Paul introduces "Baby Please Don’t Go" with, This songs been done to death, so many have recorded it but she must have been pretty special for Big Boy Broonzy to write such a song about her. Rod and Dino really set a cracking groove here, and this is one time it’s good to hear it again, and just soak in that harmonica. Another down home blues in "Burnt Child", again lead in the main by Paul and Ryan. Before another instrumental from the pen of father and son, followed by "Woopin’ The Blues", another track to mainly feature Paul and Ryan, but for all this it’s a band album, this is also another instrumental track with woops and hollers along the way.

The set draws to a close with a pounding version of Don Nix’s ‘Tore Down’, Paul’s own reason for his music "Preaching The Blues". Things draw to a close with a stomping boogie, and "Come To A Conclusion" sung by Chad, and a great way to send your audience home happy.

Paul and his band still remain one of the best bands in world blues whether in Europe or the USA, and by any standards this is a truly stunning and enjoyable set by masters of their music. As a group the music is tight and blues in it’s a blues album at it’s finest. A great concert has made an equally great album.


01. Mr. Lamb’s Groove Walk (Live)
02. Jumpin’ Little Judy (Live)
03. Let Me In (Live)
04. Lose Your Money (Live)
05. Aint’ It A Pity (Live)
06. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)
07. Burnt Child (Live)
08. Whoopin’ With Albert (Live)
09. Tore Down (Live)
10. Preachin’ The Blues (Live)
11. Come To The Conclusion (Live)