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Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo – Beyond The Blues Horizon ( Manhaton Records)

It’s strange to think that this is the debut album from Mike Vernon considering his history. Founder of the legendary British Blues label, Blue Horizon who gave starts to Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff and Christine McVie to name but a few) and producer of some of the finest British Blues (John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack), not forgetting, Focus, Freddie King, Climax Blues Band, Level 42 and Roachford.
He’s always wanted to front his own band; it’s only taken him 61 years to do it! The Mighty Combo features Kid Carlos (guitar), Ian Jennings (upright bass), Matt Little (keyboards), Paul Tasker (saxophone) and Mike Hellier (drums).
They open with the Swing/Jump of We’re Gonna Rock The Joint, a tight easy going start to the album and follow it up with a cover of the Brook Benton song, Kiddio. This standard Blues based mid-pacer is led admirably by the guitar of Kid Carlos. Heart & Soul and I Can Fix It offer up nothing out of the ordinary and the second cover of the set, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry’s (I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do confirms my opinion that covers are rarely better than the originals, Good effort though.
Be On That Train reaches the standards that I expected. This R&B swinger has Carlos’ guitar and Paul Tasker’s sax combining well. Things continue to be on the up with the final cover on the album, Mose Allison’s Your Mind Is On Vacation. The polished, slow shuffling Blues is complimented by Vernon’s languid vocal and peppered by guitar and sax from the aforementioned Carlos and Tasker.
The end of the album has a couple of highlights in Old Man Dreams and Jump Up with the former being a true Blues and the best guitar work to make it the highlight of the collection.
Mike and the band are currently touring the album through to the start of October.


www.manhatonrecords.com


David Blue.

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January 2018Month
Last
Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
27
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
27
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
19
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
19
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
14
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
12
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
ALBUMS OF THE MONTH (NOT IN TOP 25)
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
JEFF TWEEDY / Warm / DBPM *JS
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
WESTERN YOUTH / WESTERN YOUTH / Independent *BK
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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