John The Revelator: Wild Blues

Dutch blues treasures unearthed after 40 years.

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This Netherlands-based blues ensemble recorded a single LP, Wild Blues, in 1971 before a single, Rockin’ Squirrel/One Track Mind was cancelled before release, after which the band split and lay dormant for a decade.

Although the band reformed and recorded in the 1980s and 90s, their original LP remained hard to find, making this 2003 CD issue welcome for collectors of Euro-blues.

Now reissued, the Wild Blues collection showcases raw, spiky but unnervingly authentic electric blues keynoted by Tom Huissen’s emotional vocals and zippy, Hendrix-indebted guitar solos from Frans Ten Kleij, who also provides detailed sleeve notes.

Sure, at times the band sound like a bunch of fans who became obsessed with American music and named themselves after a Son House song, but the quality of the music can’t be denied. Considering the age of the recordings, they sound startlingly fresh./o:p

Joel McIver is a British author. The best-known of his 25 books to date is the bestselling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and appearing in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular guest on music-related BBC and commercial radio.