A friend of mine who wrote the booklet notes for this CD release, Peter Widmer, put me on to this very good live album. Blue Junction are a four piece band who come from Aarhus in Denmark.
This Cd was recorded in one of the local blues club in Aarhus, Fatter Eskil 22:17. The 22:17 came from a stunt they pulled once, for a laugh they put on some posters that thier performance would start at 22:17 and the 22:17 stuck with the club's name.
Ole Frimer is the band's leader on lead guitar and vocals, Uffe Steen is also on guitar, Esben Bach is the band's drummer while Morten Brauner supplies the Bass.
The album starts with an Ole Frimer number "If You Only Could Forgive Me Baby" a good solid number which features some tremendous guitar work from Ole Frimer and Uffe Steen. Junior Wells's "Messin' With The Kid" also features Uffe playing some of the best guitar your ever likely to hear on any album. I particularly liked their version of Allen Toussaint's "Get Out of My
Life Woman" with Ole giving a good vocal performance and a guitar solo that is so perfect. Esben Bach is well to fore with some rhythmic drumming on "Tired Man" with it's slightly swinging forceful beat that seems to skip along, driven by Esben's drumming and Ole's inspired Albert Collins's style guitar playing that leaves you wanting more when the song has finished. "Done Foolin'" has a south of the border flavour to it with Ole's laid-back vocal building against some very sympathetic guitar playing on this very catchy tune. "Workin' Too Much" is a solid slow burning tune with plenty of passionate vocals from Ole and some top class guitar playing. The album ends with "Junction Shuffle" which heavily features Morten on bass on this Jazz tinged rocking workout, which gathers speed as Morten supplies a Jazz bass pattern, that gels the song together as Ole and Uffe play plenty of dazzling guitar which almost takes one's breath away. Although not to be outdone Esben manages to get in a few small solo's on his drumkit which help to make this the best number on the album
A live album that certainly stands up there with some of the best blues album ever recorded, Blue Junction are a band who know how to play. An album to look out for.
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