2008 STUDIO ALBUM FROM
CHURCHILL - JOE GOOCH - RIC LEE - LEO LYONS
CD Review by Thomas Henzler
Here it is, finally in my hands!
The dream that we thought would never become a reality! The brand new
TEN YEARS AFTER found the
time in between all the touring, to write new songs and even bring out
the CD before Christmas. Nice fanfold cover and the lyrics in between. A
total of 55 minutes of new music.
does it sound? Here’s my comments on the songs:
“I Think It’s Gonna Rain All Night”:
Wow, what a start! A hard driving song that ZZ TOP would be jealous of,
with a lovely
keyboard riffs, that makes it that much more interesting.
“She Keeps Walking”: You can
hear the love that Joe has for Jimi Hendrix. I would say, this is an
I like the refrain with two voices.
“Why’d They Call It Falling”: Nice ballad, it reminds me a little of the good old Lynyrd
4. “She Needed A Rock”:
That’s what I call solid rock, with a touch of Deep Purple-drive.
“My Imagination”: Sorry,
but this reminds me too much of “50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain”.
the other hand, the rhythm changes of Ric Lee are really worth listening.
“I Never Saw It Coming”: A beautiful ballad, that
reminds me of the rock ballads of the 80’s
from John Waite or Jeff Healey.
Very straight forward and full of mood.
7. “Slip Slide Away”:
Don’t confuse the song “slip sliding away” from Paul Simon!
Because it has nothing to do with it! This has more of Deep Purple’s
“Lazy” drive (you certainly know this song). If you listen closely,
you can hear the familiar sounds of John Lord running through the fingers of
Chick Churchill. Yes, this is one of my favorite live-songs!
“Tail Lights”: Another nice ballad.
9. “Angry Words”: Live
audiences will know this song already in the XXL-version. On CD, it
becomes more of a classic “BB King-” blues song, what I prefer. The
solos are kept clean and short. Chick’s
virtuosity is brilliant!
10. “That’s Alright”:
Is a fast blues, in the refrain is some ska-influence. I like this
“The Clash”- touch!
My conclusion: This is one of the honest rock pearls
of the year. You can hear the hand made music, no computers. Positive: The keyboard-sounds are well defined, not too much in the background.
They bring a lot of drive into the faster songs, and that I can really
appreciate. The guitar-solos don’t have a time-filling-character, but
harmonize very well into the songs. Plus: you can hear that Joe has “grown”.
On the “Now” album I had the feeling that Joe was out to make a name
for himself. The Evolution-album shows a
band, that doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone, and full of
self-confidence. Good albums always get better, the more often you listen
to them. Well, I'm here to say that I’ve listened to it at least 10 times and will now put it
into my car, so that I can listen to it many more times. There’s only
one thing that I’m missing. The phenomenal bass-lines from Leo
Lyons, they are
too much put into the background, so you almost cannot hear them.
Well done guys! I’m really looking forward to see you live the
next time, to congratulate you personally!
Your true fan Thomas from Munich