Jimmy´s comeback! Recorded during an Icelandic tour this is
Jimmy´s first recorded tracks in a long time. The most interesting thing
about this album is that Jimmy have found his guitar again. After ten years of
thumbplucking Jimmy attacked the guitar as in his younger days. The songs
reflects a typical Jimmy Dawkins show, some classics and an original or two in
between. The band is a local icelandic one and they do a good job, their
leadguitarist is inspired of the white english guitar heroes.
- Feel so bad
After Chicago Beau have played 4 songs Jimmy steps in and the temperature
rises several degrees. Jimmy´s guitar tone is compressed and ugly and
his voice is mixed up high. I´d preferred the guitar more up front and
an overall tougher sound. Jimmy live likes to jam and Feel so bad is
a good warm up.
- Welfare line
Jimmy plays a long intro, I don´t really like his sound, but he plays
typical Jimmy Dawkins guitar. When compared to the other two Welfare lines,
on Hotwire 81 and Blisterstring, this take don´t have the
same intensity. Jimmy´s voice is, as I said before, high in the mix,
and it´s clear Jimmy is no great blues singer. Where is the reverb? I
heard Jimmy sing much better both on albums and live. The band tries to build
a climax but the drums are a bit too stiff and Jimmy´s guitar never takes
- That´s alright
This could have been much better! That´s alright has always been
one of my favourite songs and Jimmy Dawkins plays some great guitar here.
His opening runs are pure Jimmy Dawkins, but the band manages to transform
this intense masterpiece to a jaunty blues song, which isn´t my cup of
tea. That´s alright should be played deep down and dirty! In the
end the second guitarist, Gudmundur Petursson, gets a chance to play an intense
solo in the english tradition.
- You don´t love me
This song fits the band much better than the more intense hardcore Chicago
material. All I have to say is Shake your booty, brother. No funk,
but a great dance tune.
One of the very first songs I heard with Jimmy Dawkins was this one. Jimmy
was in Sweden (in 1985 I think) and played with the great swedidh band Mr
Bo´s Bluessband. The Swedish Broadcasting Company recorded one show and
the last song was Nightlife. Jimmy hadn´t played much guitar erlier
in th econcert, but suddenly he exploded, and attacked the guitar like a maniac,
holding notes forever and playing blistering runs high up on the neck. Jimmy
doesn´t get that intense here, this version is still by far the best
song on the CD, the band lurks in the back and I can almost see Jimmy close
his eyes and wander around on the stage hitting notes he thought of the whole
evening. Not a bad ending!