seen the CD in the recommended section, called "Hong Kong Money". This
still gets a regular spin in my CD player. And that is saying a lot. Many
records just get lost in the high seas of my collection, despite the fact
that they are one of a kind. On the other hand, there's a select few which
will be played to death. Not on a have to do but rather on a want to do
basis. "Hong Kong Money" sounds still as fresh as the day I got it. This
was/is by a band called Mad Men Blues.
These days it's Pit Ryan & Mad Men Blues. That one just came in a couple of weeks ago. A big surprise really, as I hadn't expected another sign of life from this band. Whatever, a first listen to the CD made it clear why I had been listening to their previous CD over and over again. Originality in their way of playing is what this band is seemingly all about. This is a band that knows how to entertain and be honest at the same time. The line-up is almost the same as on the previous CD with the exception of the drummer having been replaced. The band on this album consists of
Pit Ryan: Vocals,
Tune Smith: Bass
Burning Grey Ivanhoe: Drums, Shakers
|The band is tight
and on the spot. They play very well and with enough verve to make this
a superior listening experience. Don't think there's anything amateurish
about the band. Quite the contrary, I believe they could take it up with
the best, given just about half a chance. The icing on the cake is, once
again, their singer. Pit Ryan! I can't remember having any other album
in my collection where a singer goes it all the way quite like Pit Ryan
does here (and on "Hong Kong Money"). Some things never change and his
vocal deliveries have stayed true to the first release. Usually you have
a reference point where you go and say "oh, they sound like this or that".
Mad Men Blues sound like no other band (at least when the singer comes
in). The band, however, is first rate with or without the singer. Pit Ryan
adds just this incredible touch to an otherwise excellent piece of music.
While their first album consisted mainly of cover versions in the Wilko Johnson/Dr. Feelgood reign (with only one song written by the performing band themselves), the new CD takes a turn in so far, as about half of the songs are written by Pit Ryan. And corkers they are. They don't need to be hidden. I do applaud every band that comes up with original material. Although, in the case of Mad Men Blues, their covers are originals in one way or the other as well. "Part 1: La Midisine Juste" is where you get the self penned songs. "Part 2: Punch Drunk" is the home for covers like "20 Yards Behind", "I Thought I Hade It Made" and others.
|One word about the
packaging of the CD. Excellent job! Before you even hear a single note
of this album, you'll note the love that's been put into this project.
You don't go to such length if you just want to throw another CD on the
market. You do this because there's your heart's blood in this. The very
design of this gatefold cover, the inlay booklet and the whole feel make
it something special. Italian is the language of choice in the booklet,
but don't let this put you off. You're going to miss an outstanding production,
if you don't give this a chance.
Writing about the music of Mad Men Blues is as difficult as dancing about food (whoever said that, I can't remember). Please trust yours truly, take the plunge and order the CD from Roberto Pettarini. You can send him an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org (in english or italian). Your support of Mad Men Blues is very much appreciated.