Delta Deep – ‘West Coast Live’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:40

DELTA DEEP LOW cover artRecorded in Daryl Oates’ house (how cool is that to have a house big enough to record a live performance with an audience?), this just-released album features many of the tracks previously recorded by Phil Collen and Delta Deep on their 2015 self-titled album. Added to those are ‘Black Dog’ (yes, the Led Zeppelin number), ‘Bless These Blues’, a drum solo by Forrest Robinson and a band medley.


The biggest difference is that all the songs are fronted by Debbie Blackwell-Cook - and wow! What a fantastic blues presence SHE is. If you ever wanted a blues singer with grit, range and attitude then she has it in SPADES! Her interaction with the audience is carried throughout the performance.


Her vocals are incredibly well backed by Collen. But the musicianship throughout the album brings blues and rock straight back to its roots. Classic blues tracks like ‘Black Coffee’, ‘Private Number’ and ‘Treat Her Like Candy’ are moulded around other covers like ‘Black Dog’ and my personal favourite, ‘Mistreated’, the Mark III Deep Purple track from ‘Burn’, which for me has been a lifelong “one of those songs…” the ones that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. While the female vocals work superbly well with the majority of the tracks, Collen takes the lead on this one and does a damn fine job too. I won’t make a direct comparison to this version and the DP one as it wouldn’t be fair to either, but it is an exceptionally well crafted cover with Collen and Blackwell-Cook alternating the vocals; and Collen’s guitar solos are everything a blues rock solo should be, soaring staccato high speed riffs alternating with guttural low range distorted guitar and rhythm. Breathless!


If you like blues and love the original tracks from the Delta Deep album then you’ll get swept away in a blues fest like no other with this one. Acid test: Will I buy it? Damn straight. Will it get played in my car? Yep! If they tour, will I find a local gig? Hell yeah (but only if they don’t forget what is west of the Severn Bridge!).


‘West Coast Live’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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