& Heard - CD Review
Taken From Issue 254- August 2018
There are currently several people who write regular reviews for the magazine;
but unbiased reviews from other individuals are always welcome.
C D Review
Walton: Break On Out
(also available on Vinyl) released in April 2017 on Jump
By Trevor Noddles, Thrapston
What can I say about the talent of Bo Walton, other than the professionalism
that oozes from the 11 original tracks laid down on Break On Out.
Written by Bo in collaboration with other writers, including John
David, or his old man, Ron Walton, (who has mentored him through
his musical career). Also John David for his exemplary production
and studio work, at Berry Hill studio on the edge of the Forest
of Dean. I've nothing but admiration for Bo as he does his own
thing. So there's nothing to compare to, though aspects of his
work are heavily inspired and influenced by Country, Rockabilly
and Rock 'n' Roll. He's able to cross over the genres and appeal
to one and all with his music and showmanship.
of the UK Rock 'n' Roll acts tend to favour either Foottappin'
Records Embassy studio in Hampshire, or Alan Wilson's Western
Star at Bristol, so I mused why does Bo favour Jump Jack Records?
Is it because Jump Jack is local to his home? To solve this puzzle
I consulted the on-line oracle known as the World Wide Web and
found the answer. Before setting up a recording studio, the multi-instrumentalist
and owner of Berry Hill studio, Welshman John David was the bass
player and backing vocalist in Dave Edmunds' first major group,
Love Sculpture. Thereon he concentrated on song writing and sound
engineering, working with household names such as Andy Fairweather-Low,
Cliff Richard, Shakin' Stevens, Alvin Stardust and Status Quo.
So how's about that for a pedigree! John David virtually knows
the sound Bo wants before he even steps in the studio. It's known
simply as 'telepathy and empathy' hence why several of the tracks
he's either written, or co-written.
Bo has worked the length and breadth of England and Wales, it's
high time the European promoters put him on their rosters. In
America the English born promoter, Tom Ingram at Viva Las Vegas
should have Bo's name pencilled at the top of his 'want to sign'
acts. Musicians included on eight of the eleven tracks are members
of Red Alert who support him on the road with the Welshmen Steve
Oz (lead guitar), and Kevin Davidge (bass), plus Gloucester's
Phil Greenhouse (drums). In addition Bo's on backing vocals and
the adopted 'Forester' John David (backing vocals, guitar & bass).
up with 'Goodbye Heart' here's an old-time big fat Rock 'n' Roll
school sound driven by piano with a honking tenor saxophone, riffing
away then taking a useful lead solo. 'Goodbye Heart' is one of
the three tracks not featuring the regular musicians besides Bo
(vocals), Steve Oz (guitar), Greg 'Boom Boom' Bishop (drums).
Greg was the regular drummer prior to Phil stepping in. The backing
vocals were shared by Bo, John David and Greg, supported by John
David (bass), Jon Watson (keyboard) and Lyndon Owen (tenor saxophone).
'Don't Wake Me Up' is a driving Rocking Country flavoured number.
Besides Bo's quality vocal work it includes clever key changes,
lead breaks and prominent guitar work. This track is the second
of the three with different musicians. On this occasion Bo Walton
is on vocals, John David (backing vocals, guitar, bass & drums),
also on guitar was the late legendary Mickey Gee who was behind
so much of Dave Edmunds work. 'Forever True' is a Country flavoured
number with great vocals and guitar work. 'Better Than This' I
consider is also very Country influenced. 'Hookin' Up' is a fifties
influenced number I could also imagine Dave Edmunds including
in one of his sets, as it includes several slides similar to those
used by him. 'The AWOLS' with some really neat guitar picking
opened a neat and tidy track with some of the vocals being virtually
chanted. 'Dream Again' is a song that would be equally at home
in a Western movie.
In Disguise' features the love of Bo's life, Elaine Walton, who
I had the pleasure of meeting two years ago in Hereford when Bo,
Red Alert plus Ronnie & The Reverbs shared the same bill. Bo &
Elaine have formed a duet on vocals on a number reminiscent and
typical of an early Everly Brothers type of sound. 'I'll Still
Be Lovin' You' is another highly influenced Country number. 'I
Quit Quittin' has good lyrics that feature detail of kicking very
bad habits. The ultimate song on the album is John David's 'Just
A Country Boy', the third number with a different array of musicians.
This time, Bo (vocals), John David & Ray Martinez (backing vocals),
John David & Andy Fairweather-Low (acoustic guitars), Ray Martinez
(electric rhythm guitar), Mickey Gee (electric lead guitar), John
David & Ray Martinez, (pianos), John David (double bass) not forgetting
Dave Charles (drums). What a recording session that must have
conclude this report I must emphatically say, that anyone reading
this article, whether a Rock 'n' Roll, Country or Rockabilly fan
must have a copy of Break On Out in their collection, no if's,
but's, or maybe's! If you haven't purchased a copy from Bo at
a gig or are hoping to purchase one during the 2018 Break Out
On tour, get on line straight away and order one from Amazon.
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