- Dr John Mostert: vocals
- Albert Frost: guitars
- Rob Nagel: bass, harmonica
- Frank Frost: drums
- Simon Orange: keyboards
The tone for fun is established in the opening Bo Diddley beat of the
whimsical 'I'd Rather Be Sad Than Happily Married' and continues as the band
plays a well done live set of electric blues.
The liner notes quote Willem Möller, recording engineer, "The songs were
recorded straight onto master, mixed on the premises, and not stirred in the
studio." It shows, too, because this live album has that live musician
chemistry of watching a performance.
The second track, 'Life's a Melodrama' has a funky lounge rock feel with
streetwise lyrics delivered in a c'est la vie voice. This song, like many
on 'Cellar Tapes', has liberal doses of sharp electric guitar, right on time
bass, and energetic, alert-to-the-moment drums.
By the end of this Blues Broers set, you've been treated to flashy yet
meaningful-to-the-song guitar work, up-tempo jams, a nice introduction to
the band, and some fine original songs in various blues styles: blues-rock,
walking blues, and so on -- with some slower, casually earnest numbers
interspersed, such as 'Dragonfly'.
Like y'all, I've heard my share of live albums. Most seem to fail to
capture the fun, spontaneity, and special magic of live music. Not these
guys. This CD captures live music so well I can almost feel the music,
taste the beer, smell the cigarettes, and hear the bartender yell, "Last
Call, everybody out of the pool!" at the end. I leave pumped up and with a
head full of music.
I've been hearing about the Blues Broers for some time, and have caught some
of their tracks and musos on the Tassenberg live CDs. Here we've got Albert
Frost, Agent Orange, Rob Nagel, John Mostert, the late Frank D. Frost, and special
guest, Clayton Frick. You know these guys, and they know the blues, and
'Empty Bars' is a melancholy treatise on the sameness of women the singer
has met lately. The pace picks up with the road blues song 'Dragonfly',
then goes to the heavy blues traditional-sounding 'Dolly Mae'. A band
introduction, the rollicking 'Glove', then 'Cellar Tapes' closes with the
ribald 'Black Eye Snake'.
Treat yourself to some music about being blue that makes you feel good.
Blues are for sharing. Treat yourself to some fun blues, to the Blues
Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas, SA Rock Digest, April 2002