The latest CD from former Grinderswitch frontman, Dru Lombar, and his hot rocking band, Dr. Hector & the Groove Injectors arrived in 1998. With lots of good ol' rock & roll soul, a massive dose of rhythm & blues, and some infectious guitar playing, Cure for the Common Groove hits the spot better than an Alka Seltzer after a huge Mexican dinner. This is a disc that begs, no, demands to be heard time and time again. Set the repeat button on the disc changer, sit back and groove……
For his previous album, ‘Released‘, Snowy spent two years working mainly on his own in his home studio; this time around however, he recorded the bulk of the tracks with his tried and trusted pals Kuma Harada (bass), Max Middleton (keys), Juan van Emmerloot, Richard Bailey (both drums) and Walter Latupeirissa (bass). The album runs from the bluesier end to rock and even a tight Latin workout. Whatever the tempo and the groove, Snowy’s distinctive, soulful guitar runs like a golden thread throughout the album, connecting all together and making for a satisfyingand very listenable offering.
Inspired by the Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker Band (with whom he toured with regularly while with Grinderswitch), this new album will be sure to please fans of any of these bands. From the very first track, The Fever, to the title track and ultimately with Psychotherapy, Lombar's heavy guitar licks explode and drive the listener to shake rattle and roll. Lombar's original music and lyrics remind us of the 70's explosion of southern rock and roll, and leaves us wanting more.–Amazon.com
2010's mammoth, highly collectible and very limited, 19-disc Sandy Denny box set was truly a thing to behold, presenting the entirety of her career from studio to stage to front porch. It was a completist's dream, but it came with an exceptionally high price tag, which makes the appearance of 2011's Notes and the Words: A Collection of Demos and Rarities a real gift for fans, especially those who already own the complete studio recordings, whether solo or with Fotheringay, Strawbs, or Fairport Convention. The handsome, limited-edition four-disc box skims the cream from the top of the myriad rarities, BBC sessions, demos, and outtakes that made the previous collection so remarkable (an intimate bedroom recording of Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game"; an early demo of Like an Old Fashioned Waltz's "Carnival" with previously unheard melodies and lyrics; a blistering alternate studio take of a Dave Swarbrick-less "Sailor's Life," and alternate versions of Fairport classics like "Matty Groves," "Come All Ye," and "Fotheringay"), resulting in a wonderful window into one of English folk music's most magnificent voices.