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Number of Reaching The Cold 100 (2003) Reviews: 3
The finest Splinter Group release is this one
Reviewer: Jon Dickinson, Transporting April 16, 2004 Since I purchased my first Splinter Group CD in 1998 I have always anticipated the next new release, Anticipation of Reaching The Cold 100 paid off big, on this disc the listener will note the absence of horns and female backing vocals leaving more of a raw, stripped down rocking affair from Green, Watson and Co, Greeny's vocals and musicianship are much more confident and energetic and really shine throughout from plaintive ballading to gruff blues stylings, just listen to his banjo on Nigel's "Legal Fee Blues" it doesn't and cannot disappoint, the new recordings of the three classic Fleetwood Mac tracks and Otis Spann's "It Takes Time" bring back memories of when I witnessed a Splinter Group appearence at a Blues Festival in Jackson NJ, Reaching The Cold 100 offers no disappointments and no true Splinter Group fan is to be without it, A Five Star Masterpiece with absolutely no doubts.
Memorable songs featuring memorable hooks and playing
Reviewer: Anonymous, April 18, 2003 It was a pleasure to hear "Reaching the Cold 100" , a very solid album with memorable hooks, great playing and featuring a very tight band-- The Splinter Group-- I'm a guitar lover, and I'm pleased to report that the new release has plenty of tasty soloing. You get 17 songs on this album, 4 of these are bonus tracks including new versions of The Green Manalishi--- Black Magic Woman--- and Albatross---. from Peter's Fleetwood Mac days.
Peter's guitar playing these days is a bit more restrained than in the past, he has a mellower tone on his guitar, and to me I feel he has improved with age. He's not as flashy as before, but his playing still is exquisitely beautiful and expressive!! He also plays harmonica to accent some of the songs. His singing is a bit more raspy than in the past, but he is still a great singer..
The rest of Splinter Group must be given credit as well--- they are a very tight unit, and Nigel Watson is a fine singer and guitarist --- and is a natural partner for Peter. Peter sings on most of the tracks, while Nigel sings on about 3 tracks-- This album has a variety of styles -- blues -- rock -- r&b and a touch of folk, overall an outstanding effort!!! Long live Peter Green Splinter Group !!
Peter back on form
Reviewer: Anonymous, IT manager February 25, 2003 The new Peter and Splinter Group offering shows yet more improvement in material and Peter's own playing/singing.This has to be in part the strongest Splinter album yet material wise,singling out Nigel Watson's efforts as by far the highlights-Needs Must,Legal Fees and the sublime Spritual Thief dwarf the keyboard player Larry Cotton's lacklustre effort("what's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this"come on,smell the coffee) and bass player Stroud's efforts sound nothing more than that,efforts,and little of that at that!The playing is ok,cotten still suffers from getting a convincing Rhodes sound,and some of the effects Stroud uses are unnecessary,but on the whole the playing is ok.The production however,especially the drum sound are very suspect.I don't know where it was recorded,but the record company should demand their money back!Peter's singing is a joy,and low,very low.Watson's vocals are better,but still we'd prefer to hear Peter sing all the songs,he's the reason we're buying this album,not to hear Nigel Watson,infact that's the whole reason why we buy Splinter Group album's,just for Peter and the others are rather disposable,and in some,mentioning no names should be disposed of.Hopefully Peter will start writing again so we don't have to put up with what is pub-blues musicians trying to write songs,which is rather like someone who runs in a fun run trying to run the Olympic 100 meters final,it's above their station.on the whole though,it's an ok album,what bits Peter has any say in.Watson's songs his best yet,and as for the rest,no comment.
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