Kickin’ off in the best HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS mode, “Burnin’ flame” leads the way in this surprise that I dug up some two years ago. The song that follows, “Don’t go” is not fram from the same style… This is a truly interesting album!
FRANK MAATELA plays guitars and keyboards and I assume he was the same guy who’s played with semi-famous Finnish musician JUKKA TOLONEN (but I’m not fully sure). Unfortunately I got information telling that Maatela died some time back, which is sad to know.
If you look at the Discogs site this album is classified as “blues” which is only partly correct. Sure, there are a few bluesy songs (too much blues for my personal taste), like “Making love”, “Tales” and “Evil wind”. Really good quality though, and this is blues rock with good tempo. Not the kind of “I am half dead and my three girls have left me” boring blues at all.
Let’s look at the songs that are more of interest for soul/funk fans instead. “Sick of you” is like soul/rock with a slight blues touch. The soft semi-ballad “Good things” is really nice and could have been on any ERIC CLAPTON album. Some of the stuff on this CD is a bit similar to the Swedish band LITTLE MIKE AND THE SWEET SOUL MUSIC BAND (they will also be reviewed here soon!), which means soul, funk, pop and rock in a lovely mix – and with some horn additions, which is a great spice for thip type of music. “Just blues” is actually not just blues. It is soul and blues in a good mix, with some fine guitar solo playing, and impressive trumpet by ANDERS BERGCRANTZ. A good song indeed. (Swedish Diamonds Series, #15)