"Cosmo St. Clair goes to work with such disarming naturalness
that one can hardly contain one's amazement. Someone just
shows up after forty years and replicates a sound which
in those days brought the blues back into American memory
and it doesn't sound antiquated for even a second. Astonishing!"
"Stripped down and streetwise
ragged and righteous"
For those of you
who still pine for those halcyon days of the British Blues
boom of the 60s, or for the younger blues fans who would
like to hear the type of music that spawned the (re) discovery
of many of the elder generation of true Blues musicians,
this CD pays tribute to the bands that formed the vanguard
of the movement that took the Blues back to its homeland,
and will come as a real delight. Listening to Cosmo St Clair
will bring to mind bands like the Manfreds and the Blues
Band, but permeated with the attitude and aggression that
the Stones, Kinks and Pretty Things bought to their music,
with a bit of punk thrown in for good measure.
This is a party
album that sounds like a Best Of Original British
Blues: a merciless and fast guitar claiming the spotlight,
an electric organ driving everyone wild, a harmonica to
alternate with a voice similar to the rocky throats of Eric
Burdon, Mick Jagger and Phil May. St. Clair rewrites and
rephrases this unique paragraph in the history of black
music with such enthusiasm, gusto and swing that you find
yourself putting on your dancing shoes in the middle of
from beginning to end
high-energy Blues, to say the
least a great party CD, for sure! One of the best,
rousing Blues albums Ive ever heard a classic
in its own time! There arent enough stars in
the rating system to do it justice!
Cosmo St. Clair
punches through time with this cocky, eleven-track disc
of Blues thats grounded in the heart of the British
bar scene of the mid-sixties. Cosmo lays claim to the turf
with little more than his guitar and a heroic dose of major
rock n roll attitude. A fun party record from
an innovator who moves forward by first honouring the past.
St. Clair is doing
his thing in such a refreshing and energetic way that you
have a hard time believing your ears.
Cosmo has managed
to do what even bands of that era couldn't do and that is
re-create the atmosphere of a 60's London Blues club in
the recording studio. It's all there... the vocals, the
guitar sound, the Hammond and the howling amplified harp.
I love it!
Now Blues For Now
People doesnt just re-create the sixties blues
scene, for that would be mere duplication. It takes the
Blues and re-packages them for a younger generation as well
as to those thoroughly drenched in the cloudburst of Blues
from the early sixties coming from one side of the Atlantic
and being filtered down on the other side.
There is a punkish
sentimentality in the way St. Clair presents
tracks, more of a laid back cool energy inherent in his
playing. (This "coolness" got an extra point in the rating!)
good song choices, some fine playing
This CD could easily
have been lifted from a set list of standards from the days
in which we used to hurtle up & down the A1 in dodgy
Commer vans ... bugger me, is that keyboard a Vox Continental?
... bloody well sounds like it. To someone who was there
& doing it, Cosmo is sounding just retro right.
Blues for Now People is definitely a tribute towards the
more established old school blues.
La Hora del Blues
This CD is a good
example of the honest work of a musician who loves Blues
and believes in what he does, which gives as a result a
worthy piece of work. If you like straight simple powerful
blues, this CD is a very good example. VERY GOOD.
Laurel Sylvanus, ©2004 Cosmo St. Clair