LIVE- Long John
band here is a trio of Long John Baldry on vocals and
acoustic guitar, Butch Coulter on harmonica, and Matt
Taylor on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals. No bass
or drums. You may think ugh, how good could this be? Don't be
fooled by this stripped down little band. This is a killer trio
with a big sound. The charismatic Baldry is the one who runs
this show, but it's Matt Taylor who makes this whole
thing work. This kid is just an outstanding guitar player. When
Baldry let's him loose this kid dazzles with his elecrifying yet
always in control guitar solos. He's really something special.
And I've heard a lot of good guitar players. Not to be
overlooked is Butch Coulter, who has been around Baldry
for over 20 years. His harp rendetion of 'Moondance in
Tajikistan', better known as Van Morrison's
is a dazzling display of jazz harmonica. Great stuff. Some
favorites of mine on here are 'MORNING DEW', which is a
great song in itself, and Baldry's gruffy vocals here are
perfect for this song. Another classic song here is Tom Wait's
'BLUE VALENTINE'. Baldry let's Matt Taylor sing here.
And guess what, the kid can really sing! He's got the whole
package. But the real topper here is the old Faces song 'FLYING', that closes the album. A beautiful song that's got
some of the best guitar work by Taylor I've ever heard. Now I
can see why my friend was excited about this. I've now become a new Long John Baldry fan.