Eric Bell – Belfast Blues In A Jar (2012)

FrontCove1rGuitarist/singer Eric Bell is perhaps best known as a co-founder of seventies Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. He began his musical career in the mid-sixties and played with various outfits including Them, led by Van Morrison. Since he departed Thin Lizzy, Bell recorded with the Noel Redding Band and later with saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith’s eight-piece Mainsqueeze. Bell formed his own band in the nineties out of a love for the blues and has since continued to perform and release a series of albums. This CD’s first 11 tracks were recorded live in Sweden and originally issued in 1996 on The Eric Bell Band’s album Live Tonite. The music is a bare-bones, hard-rocking blues trio romp through standards by B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King and Buddy Guy. Bell explores his own roots performing Them’s supercharged version of Big Joe Williams’ ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ and Morrison’s ‘Madame George’ and concludes on a couple of Thin Lizzy hits. He’s an immaculate guitarist but his voice sounds dry and uninteresting in the live setting. While it’s marginally sharper on the four studio recorded bonus tracks, the overall musicianship and sound quality are mediocre.(by Al Hensley)

Live Tonight frontcover (1996)

Eric Bell (guitar, vocals)
Romek Parol (drums)
Tony Wooton (bass, vocals)
Brian Bethell (bass on 11. – 14.)

01. The Stumble (King/Thompson) 3.25
02. Oh Pretty Woman (Williams) 5.25
03. Things I Used To Do (Jones) 5.30
04. Baby Please Don’t Go (Morganfield) 6.22
05. Madame George (Morrison) 6.02
06. Walk On Water (Bell) 6.40
07. Three O’Clock Blues (King/Taub) 5.00
08. Hold That Plane (Guy) 5.13
09. Whiskey In The Jar (Traditional) 10.55
10. The Rocker (Downey/Lynott) 5.08
11. Shake Your Money Maker (James) 4.44
12. Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) 7.55
13. Dallas (Winter) 3.24
14. Belfast Blues (Bell) 2.32