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Tim Aves & WOLFPACK - Never Saw Chester 8/10

IF I had to sum up Tim Aves and Wolfpack’s follow-up album to The Wolfpack Burnham Sessions it would be a brilliant, authentic collection of re-imagined classics with three classy tracks penned by Tim himself, in three words Authentic, Honest, Blues!
Luckily I can use a few more words because Never Saw Chester is filled with gems that makes this album a delight to listen to again and again....
...The first of the self-penned numbers is the title track, a clever 5 minute musical journey through Howlin’ Wolf’s career with driving guitar from Joel Fisk, and then the intervention from Dale Storr on keys adds the sweetest of layers in the musical link before the next verse and Tim’s voice picks up the story and draws you in. After listening to this track put on some Howlin Wolf sit back and realise how this track is a true tribute to the man himself. Delta Angel opens with some great shuffles on the drum kit from Paul Lester as Tim comes in with a boogie in his voice this is a driving tune and the journey may be a bumpy ride but it is going to be fun. Making up the trio is Wageslave, opening with Joel laying down the licks he is joined by Rob “Tank” Barry on Bass and Paul on drums before the lyrics kick in ‘Don’t Want be a wage slave all of my life”; this is contemporary blues, with the true sound and feel of the Essex Delta; the lyrics, guitar work, harp all work distilling down the essence of the blues....
....There can be no doubt that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed creating the sound, feeling and emotions encased in a very fine album Never saw Chester, may be true but the spirit lives on through these musicians.Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….

TIM AVES & WOLFPACK - Never Saw Chester

All the way from the 'Essex Delta', Tim Aves & WOLFPACK have put together their splendid second album, 'Never Saw Chester'. Inspired by Howlin Wolf, the excellent new CD gives us a mix of many of the 'Wolf's' classic numbers, along with some self penned tracks by Tim....
The self penned track and the name sake of the album, 'Never Saw Chester', is a tribute to the late, great Howlin Wolf. With funky rhythms and some excellent Hammond input and guitar work. Then onto the Wolf's deep, dark number 'Evil', sung to perfection by Tim. Some great fuzz on the guitar giving an excellent authentic sound taking us back to the Delta.
'Back Door Man' was a total 'wow' for me. The Willie Dixon number that the 'Wolf man' made his own, was performed with perfection. Great vocals and blues harp from Tim and wild slide guitar from the amazing Joel Fisk, brilliant. Next a self penned upbeat country rhythm and blues number, 'Delta Angel'. Super slide on the resonator, love it!
...Absolutely loved the self penned track, 'Wageslave'. Haunting harp playing and guitar work with plenty of fuzz and reverb on this rockin' number, just excellent. The final track on this exceptional album is another Willie Dixon number, 'Built For Comfort'. A great classic 12 bar blues with some class acoustic slide from Joel and harp playing from Tim, superb.
A fabulous album from a fabulous band, all working together to create a truly authentic sound but with an individual take. Definitely recommended!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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