I was bowled over from the start with the KILLER Norther styled 60s belter "Am I Dreaming?" from Laura Vane & The Vipertones. This stomping, driving beat with vibes and punchy horns would easily slot into Richard Searling's "Old Bastards" set at Southport - many hours of sheer enjoyment i experienced during those late night sessions! I can cheerfully pour the same accolades onto "Good And Plenty" by the great-sounding Soul Snatchers, and "Shoot The Birds" from Plenty Enough should easily kick up the jolly old talcum powder too. Well worthy of a spin, too, is the excellent Meters / JBs sounding "Quick Sand" by Japan's very own Osaka Monaurail. Turn this UP! It's so funky that it hurts! Vocally we are in a gruff, tough and very gritty soulful mode. The Eternal Godfather would be pleased, that's for sure. A real joy to listen to is the cover version of Bobby Hebb's evergreen "Sunny" by Eli Goulart E Banda Do Mato. With Portuguese lyrics and real and proper Brazilian instrumentation this is a standout track. My final pick is a surprise for me as I love the original so much, and never would I think that I would like a funky / jazzy / retro cover of The Beatles 1964 chart-topper "I Feel Fine". This is, trust me, a real belter ! Yet another essential - if not Monster - release!
The Vibe Scribe