Every songwriter has a story. After a five-year recording hiatus, JUNO Award winner Barney Bentall returns with his 10th album and what is arguably his most personal record to date, The Drifter & The Preacher. Barney is a multi-platinum selling artist who started his career in the late ‘80's/early ‘90s with his band the Legendary Hearts. They went on to become staples on Canadian radio with twenty Top 30 singles including the hits, “Come Back To Me,” “The House Of Love (Is Haunted),” and “Something To Live For.”
This two-fer CD pairs 1972's Live at the Lighthouse with the less impressive, though still worthy, 1974 album Kharma, which was recorded at that year's Montreux Jazz Festival. As the head of a sextet on Live at the Lighthouse, Earland spearheaded some first-class soul-jazz, which integrated some funk and rock of the early '70s without sounding like a watered-down cocktail of all those styles (as many other soul-jazz-pop albums of the time did). The horn section of James Vass on sax and Elmer Coles on trumpet leaned more toward soul than jazz, as heard on the opening instrumental cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Smilin'." The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" wasn't the greatest tune to attempt, though Earland gamely put it into a boppish swing arrangement.
Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, formed in 1968, is now an occasionally performing British pub and club blues band. Band members Jona Lewie, Graham Hine, Keith Trussell, and John Randall are perhaps better known for their record Seaside Shuffle which reached #2 in the UK charts in 1972 under the pseudonym Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.
This 1972 release by ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer with his religious group the Children is as consistently good as the work by other members of that venerable band: Danny Kirwan's 1979 effort Hello There Big Boy, Christine McVie's 1969 recordings re-released in 1976 as The Legendary Christine Perfect Album, Bob Welch's Man Overboard from 1980, and In the Skies by Peter Green.