87 The Devil's Tavern by The Blow Monkeys 2008
I think this is so high as I'm still in the same bit of shock as I was when I first heard it. A great singles band, I'd never really got into any of the Blow Monkeys' Lps although I had a couple of Dr Robert's solo efforts which I liked.
I noted news of a reunion with only passing interest , thought the cover of the comeback lp interesting (always makes me think of Angel Heart) and some surprisingly 5 star reviews stood out. For some reason , maybe a slow month for new releases I took a punt on Devil's Tavern.
It is the best thing they have done , the sound of a band without a record company to tell them what to do and so what we get is a bunch of great musicians sounding like they are having a blast as their creative legs are allowed to run.
There is a bit of everything , some bluesy sounds , driving pop songs ........
Bullet Train - The Blow Monkeys ...... bit of soul , bit of folk , quiet reflective songs , bit of brass , bit of strings but all held together by Dr Robert's older but still as smooth vocal
The centrepiece for the lp is the 8 min track Save Me , where you are swept along an such a gorgeous bit of 70's soul backing that just doesn't want to end
Save Me - The Blow Monkeys
They followed up with Staring at the Sea which is good but doesn't touch this and serves to highlight it as one of those once in a career lps
The lp is already creeping up in value but you can get it as a reasonable download here . Give it a listen even if you did or didn't dig their original scene (sorry couldn't resist)