Week of November 21, 2004

Key Largo

Laurence Garman Harmonica
Kenny Lamb Drums
Pat McAuliffe Vocals
Laurie Sanford Guitar
Bob Savage Keyboards
Tom Stead Bass

Key Largo (Blue Horizon 7-63859) 1970
Reissued on Line, Germany, 1983
CD: CMP/Green Tree 620, Germany, 2004

Voodoo Rhythm/As The Years Go Passing By (Blue Horizon 57-3178) 1971

"Key Largo may best be described as a group of musicians seeking to create something fresh and unique within the supposed musical boundaries of what most people would simply term blues" state the sleeve notes to their album. In fact what's on offer is pretty typical British blues but with lots of harmonica, percussion and brass arrangements in places. The album includes lots of cover versions of Willie Dixon, Alain Toussaint, B.B.King and P. Mayfield songs. The better tracks include the soul/funk orientated Give It Up with a brass arrangement; the slow number As The Years Go Passing By, which features some good blues guitar work, and Come On And Get It Baby, written by thirties English pianist Stanley Black - an instrumental with jazzy electric piano, sharp guitar chords and percussion.

Kenny Lamb went on to Jellybread.

Costas Arvanitis

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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