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DONALD BYRON WHEATLEY —MOONDOGS AND MAD DOGS (Maiden Voyage)

 

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Immediately I placed this cd on my player I was energised by Donald Byron Wheatley’s music. Fuelled by a rock solid rhythm section, piano, swirling organ, lead guitar and pedal steel guitar (BJ Cole), there is a buzz throughout. On welding slices of 1970s sounds of The Band, Bob Dylan and the rock he comes up with a tapestry enriched in the above textures and more. Maiden Voyage label boss Danny (Danny And The Champions) has members of his band, Chris Clarke (the album was recorded at his Reservoir Studios), Steve Brookes, Andy Fairclough and harmony vocalist Siobhan Parr (a recording act in her own right) all pitch in. 

 

“Ten Dollar Jenny” has all the trappings of the aforementioned Dylan, his hero, alongside The Band and music of the era. One of Dylan's finest periods I hasten to add, but there is more to the London-born act. Making a late venture into recorded music, he more than simply combines sounds from the past as he also comes through strong with “When The Rain Comes”; a piece of writing and music Nick Lowe might have done! Warmed in Cole’s finest tones it is a most fine effort. “The Lonesome Carol Of Big Don” and “Hand Me Down Leopard Skin Hat” also owe much to Dylan. Propelled, feverishly, as much of his 1970s work was as lyrics came at a rapid pace and the songs seemed endless, and they were good too. As is the case here with Wheatley. 

 

Mellow, with hints of John Lennon and George Harrison “Nothing” is warmed in keyboards and shuffling rhythm to gently wash over the listener. On bringing a little barroom ragtime-esque New Orleans feel to the album, “Swaley Howell” adds some well-timed versatility. “Greenwich Village Blues” likewise offers something different as he takes a trip across the pond to New York on recalling the days of a bygone era. He pulls it off superbly. The folk bards of the 1960s big folk scare would, if still around (some of course are) be duly proud of his sterling effort.  

 

Title-track “Moondogs And Mad Dogs” closes up shop, and with it of a similar heartbeat to Dylan he once again draws from the leader as with much energy rock and folk meet. The swirling organ and pedal steel have a field day without eroding the value of Wheatley’s vocals, and here lies one of the secrets of the recording, the ever tasty production! 

 

                                                 Maurice Hope  

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December 2018
1
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JF,FB
2
JD McPherson
61 pts.
Socks
New West Records
CVL,DHO,MVP,MB
3
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
WR,BP,JSM,HB
4
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
TK,LM,BM,JB
5
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
FC
6
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Skywriting
Lonely Sounds Records
EZ
7
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Onward
Independent
FS
8
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
RB,SZ,PG
9
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
BK
10
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
JS,NC
11
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
PR
12
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
TJ
13
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
GS,PKO
14
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
 
15
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Tapete
 
16
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
PJ
17
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
 
18
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
FH
19
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
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Stony Plain
 
 
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
HH,KG
21
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Carousel
Nine Mile Records
 
 
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
MF
23
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
SP
 
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
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Independent
MP
 
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

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