This is a site where I will post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Bari Watts- There was a Time (Dark Skies Music CD007)
I have been
following Bari Watts music career for many years and hoping he would make
another record. While a brilliant musician, he is not the most productive,
having released less then 10 records in 40 years but we don’t care about that.
A new Bari record is here and his first solo release since 1997, when he released
Soul Catcher. This record is totally
different and basically a tribute to Marc Bolan and T-Rex. The CD features 15 songs that range from the
folk like opening title track to the more poppy happy psychedelic Ratskull,
with Bolan like vocals, hand claps, and nice acoustic guitar. While Bair is
primarily known as a Hendrix inspired guitarist, here he shows many more sides
to his music talents as he played all the instruments you here except for the
bass, drum kit (only on 3 songs, and Jules Fenton fills in here) and you have
Nick Saloman guesting on sitar guitar on Come Little Children. It is a very diverse record but also fun
songs. Bari sings in a totally different style except a few tracks where his
voice that I am used to hearing on Outskirts of Infinity and his solo works
appears. There are only a few electric guitar solos and rock songs like Demon
Love, Fly with the Silver Swan and Boogie Mama.
Anyway, this was a huge surprise and I really like it a lot.. Great work Bari.. I will have to go check out
some Marc Bolan and T-Rex stuff now..