Hammond Gamble: Ninety Mile Days (Liberation)

 |   |  1 min read

Hammond Gamble: You Cheated Me
Hammond Gamble: Ninety Mile Days (Liberation)

Two years ago when this Auckland singer-songwriter and very special guitarist released his Recollection album (acoustic treatments of Street Talk and solo songs) I noted that it served to remind what a great songwriter he was.
He'd long been acknowledged as an expressive bluesy singer and guitarist, but it had been too easy to forget just how crafted songs such as Whistling the Blues in the Rain, Poison, Should I Be Good and other songs were.
If that album did nothing else than remind people of that it had served its purpose, but it seems to have also given the Liberation label and Gamble the kick into a long overdue solo album.
My guess is his previous one -- aside from Recollection and the live Plugged In And Blue from the mid 90s -- had been maybe 20 years ago.
Ninety Mile Days -- a dozen originals -- confirms that Gamble is one of this country's greatest, if largely overlooked, talents.
From the opener I Had A Dream (which could become a standard in many jazz singer's sets) through the roadhouse blues of It's Been Too Long, the acerbic post-separation ballad You Cheated Me, the acoustic pop of Memory No 1 and the moody understatement of Waiting for the Rain (which seems very familiar), this is an outstanding collection.
It is also notable for the musical diversity -- blues, pop, ballads, soul -- which Gamble effortlessly commands.
And songs like For the First Time, I Had A Dream and Stranger's Girl sound like local classics to me.
This album has been a long time coming, but it has been well worth the wait.  

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop)

The Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop)

Given Greg Dulli's penchant for brooding menace, death and demonic imagery borrowed from the Bible and the blues this outfit might better be called The Midnight Singers. Here – with... > Read more

Beady Eye: The Roller (Liberator)

Beady Eye: The Roller (Liberator)

Elsewhere doesn't usually trouble itself with singles -- but this one may be of some interest for longtime Oasis fans, or those just curious to know what's up with the Gallagher brothers since Noel... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

My wife and I flowed into New Orleans by way of a week-long stay-over in San Francisco. It was a good laxed-out hippie preparation for the weirdness of festival time around the 10th anniversary... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Danny McCrum

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Danny McCrum

New Zealand's Danny McCrum is one of those serial musicians: it's just what he does and he keeps on doing it. And at Elsewhere that is an admirable quality, especially when -- if like McCrum -- you... > Read more