Barrence Whitefield and The Savages: Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot/Southbound)

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Barrence Whitefield and The Savages: Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot/Southbound)

On the bruising evidence of this album – the energy of British pub-rock in a noisy collision with bluesy Chicago-soaked rock'n'soul – you'd probably crawl across broken booze bottles to see them live.

This, the third album by this re-formed (but not reformed) band from Boston, finds classic rock and soul shouter Whitfield in roaring form in front of the band helmed by guitarist/producer Peter Greenberg, and a no-holds barred slash of twanging rockabilly, blasting sax and obscure stompers alongside originals in the style.

Imagine Detroit's punk-soul band Dirtbombs shoving Otis Redding soul, a rhythm and blues review and Dr Feelgood into a steroid milkshake and you're about halfway to getting the excitement they deliver.

No, it's not reinventing a genre or bringing anything especially new, but by the end of this reductively enjoyable 12 songs/36 minutes album which was recorded in a day, you probably won't have remembered a single song.

But they will all have felt so familiar you'll leap to repeat-play.

As Little Richard said, it ain't what you do it's the way how you do it.

And these guys do it.

Loud and fast.

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Carol - Nov 12, 2013

spelling?
"Barrence-Whitfield"

No matter - great music! Thanks for the introduction.

Carol - Nov 12, 2013

uh...minus the hyphen. GRAHAM REPLIES: My speling mistake (Barrance to Barrence)corrected. Thanks

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