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Nikki Sudden & the Last Bandits/Nikki Sudden: Treasure Island [Box] *

Track List

>Looking for a Friend
>Break Up
>Stay Bruised
>Kitchen Blues
>Wooden Floor
>Russian River
>House of Cards
>High and Lonesome
>Fall Any Further
>Sanctified
>When the Lord
>Never Let Me Go
>Treasure Island
>Highway Girl
>Looking at You - (live)
>Countess - (live)
>Too Bad for You - (live)
>Last Bandit, The - (live)
>Aeroplane Blues - (live)
>Treasure Island - (live)
>Jangle Town - (live)
>Hotel Blues - (live)
>Stay Bruised - (live)
>Stay With Me - (live)
>Band Intro - (live)
>Death Is Hanging Over Me - (live)
>Pretty Little Pretty - (live)
>Midget Submarines - (live)
>Fortune of Fame - (live)
>Treasure Island
>Wooden Floor
>House of Cards
>Kitchen Blues
>Russian River
>Sanctified
>High and Lonesome
>Fall Any Further
>Looking for a Friend
>Highway Girl
>Stay Bruised
>Break Up
>When the Lord
>Stay Bruised [Live] - (live)

Album Reviews:

Uncut (p.142) - 4 stars out of 5 -"Sudden writes evocative songs hatched in the church of rock'n' roll and performed with a true believer's gospel fervour."

Album Notes

Personnel: Nikki Sudden (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Darrell Bath, Mick Taylor (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Justin Farrow (acoustic guitar); Glenn Tranter (acoustic 12-string guitar); Dave Kusworth (electric guitar); Anthony Thistlethwaite (mandolin, saxophone); Ian McLagan, Terry Miles (piano); John Rivers (Mellotron); Stephane Doucerain (drums, hand claps, percussion); John Clifford Barry (hand claps, background vocals); Richard Evatt (hand claps); Hazel Fermor, Claire Seline Hill, Ann Marie Hill, Marie Thérèse McCormack, Eleanor Clucas (background vocals).

Audio Remasterer: Patrick Bird.

Recording information: The Central House of Artists, Moscow (01/06/2003-01/08/2003); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (01/06/2003-01/08/2003); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (03/10/2003-03/14/2003); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (03/10/2003-03/14/2003); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (03/17/2003-03/21/2003); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (03/17/2003-03/21/2003); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (07/21/2002-07/26/2002); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (07/21/2002-07/26/2002); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (08/19/2002-08/23/2002); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (08/19/2002-08/23/2002); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (10/19/2002); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (10/19/2002); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (11/12/2003); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (11/12/2003); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (12/13/2002); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (12/13/2002); The Central House of Artists, Moscow (12/25/2003); WSRS, Leamington Spa, England (12/25/2003).

Photographer: Michael Witte.

Nikki Sudden must have been in seventh heaven when the Faces' keyboard boss Ian McLagan agreed to play piano and organ on select tracks from his 2004 garage-and-burn outing with the Last Bandits (John Clifford Barry on bass and Stephane Doucerain on drums), Treasure Island. Given his total Faces and Rolling Stones worship, Sudden must have been beside himself with joy. But Mac isn't the only legendary guest on the set. Along with old mates Dave Kusworth and Anthony Thistlewaite, former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and pedal steel ace B.J. Cole also lend a hand on the set. While it's true that Sudden gets little to no notice on American shores for his rootsy swagger and roll that takes the entirety of rock's grand yesteryear into its arms and wrings fresh life out of it with drunken joy and pathos, Sudden has made his share of fine recordings, and Treasure Island may his finest since Kusworth founded the Jacobites. There's the trashy swamp of "Kitchen Blues" with Taylor on guitars and the raggedly elegant balladry of "Stay Bruised," which Sudden himself deems "one of the hottest romantic numbers you'll ever hear." There's the sexed up wail of "Wooden Floor" with Mac on B-3 and Cole on steel and the spooky, Thislewaite mandolin-drenched darkness of "Russian River," the Last Bandits shambolic blues stroll in "High and Lonesome," and the faux-"Sweet Jane" doo wop Phil Spector-ism of "Fall Any Further" with Marie-Therese McCormack & the Girls crooning the chorus. What it adds up to is a rock & roll album of truly brilliant proportions -- you know, the kind people just don't make anymore. This one should be on the shelf between A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse and Goats Head Soup. Yeah! ~ Thom Jurek



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