Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds – Out of the Blue

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Out of the Blue marked Chris Farlowe’s return to American soul music and blues, after a decade-long hiatus caused by a road accident injury and a series of gigs with other players. It was as though he’d picked up right where he’d left off at Immediate Records in 1970, without skipping a beat — opening with Willie Dixon’s “I Ain’t Superstitious,” he sounds so American and so black that listeners could still do double-takes after 20 years in the spotlight for the singer. “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” are among the best cuts, but the whole album is worthwhile and then some.

When Chris Farlowe had a chance meeting with legendary record producer Mike Vernon (John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac and many more), he hadn’t made an album of new material for over ten years. So with a new Thunderbirds lineup of Mo Witham on guitar, Tim Hinkley on Keyboards, Big George Webley on bass, Feelgoods drummer The Big Figure on drums and Steve Gregory playing saxophones he entered Mike’s studio in Chipping Norton to record what was to become this album, Out of the Blue. Ex Thunderbird guitarist Albert Lee also makes an appearance here and there. The bonus tracks featured here were recorded in New York in late 1969 for Polydor Records in the USA but were never released. They have been previously released on the “Rock n Roll Soldier Anthology,” which is no longer available. This is Chris Farlowe doing what he does best, singing the blues.

 

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