Kick off Your Muddy Boots

Kick off Your Muddy Boots

by Graeme Edge Band
     
 
A solo album from a drummer is rarely cause to celebrate, for invariably it arrives stillborn. But Kick Off Your Muddy Boots is a solo set from Moody Blues' skin basher Graeme Edge in name only, and instead is really a showcase for the Gurvitz brothers, or more precisely singer/guitarist Adrian. Edge contributed only three songs to his set; the dreamy "Lost in

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A solo album from a drummer is rarely cause to celebrate, for invariably it arrives stillborn. But Kick Off Your Muddy Boots is a solo set from Moody Blues' skin basher Graeme Edge in name only, and instead is really a showcase for the Gurvitz brothers, or more precisely singer/guitarist Adrian. Edge contributed only three songs to his set; the dreamy "Lost in Space," the introspective "Have You Ever Wondered," and dramatic "Somethin' We'd Like to Say," providing very tentative links to the Blues' own sound. The rest of the album, composed by Adrian Gurvitz, goes very much its own way. The fabulously funky instrumental "The Tunnel" flies furthest from the mothership, while a guesting Ginger Baker edges Edge into the shadows on the Chicago blues spectacular "Gew Janna Woman," the set's apotheosis. "My Life's Not Wasted" is nearly as epic, meandering from funk to blues, soul to orchestral overkill in one fell swoop. Swinging from the C&W-tinged rocker "Shotgun" to the sunny California-styled "Bareback Rider," Muddy Boots treads into as many musical pastures as possible, with the bonus "We Like to Do It" (the band's 1974 single) tossing ragtime into the mix. Keyboardist Mickey Gallagher provides excellent work throughout, his lovely soundscapes and delicate melody lines providing a perfect foil to Gurvitz's soaring leads and hefty riffs. The rhythm section is strong of course, but in the end, this is Gurvitz and Gallagher's show from start to finish, and what a show it is.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Esoteric
UPC:
5013929724228
catalogNumber:
2142
Rank:
83939

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graeme Edge Band   Primary Artist
Graeme Edge   Drums
Adrian Gurvitz   Guitar,Vocals
Sunny Leslie   Background Vocals
Mick Gallagher   Keyboards
Paul Gurvitz   Bass
Ruby James   Background Vocals
Joanne Williams   Background Vocals
R. Thomas   Background Vocals
R. Thomas   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Adrian Gurvitz   Arranger
Martyn Ford   Orchestral Arrangements
Phil Smee   CD Package Design
Mark Powell   Liner Notes
Jorge J. "Jay Jay" Bell   Orchestral Arrangements
J.D. Burns   Engineer
J. Burns   Engineer

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