Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CD Album Cardsleeve • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Rock, Blues • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock
Top positive review. Robert I. Hedges Top Contributor: Pets. Truth be told, I hadn't ever heard of J. Simo a week ago. I had front row seats to see Deep Purple in Nashville August 2,and hadn't looked to see if they had an opening act. Then a friend told me that Simo was opening the show, that they were great, and that I should bring earplugs. Since I was going to be standing in front of Steve Morse all night I already had the earplugs handy, but honestly didn't think anything about Simo again I admit that I am normally disinterested in opening acts and have been grossly disappointed on more than one occasion like when Yo La Heaven Cast - Morten Harket - Brother opened for Johnny Cashbut not that night.
Simo brought the house down with his throaty Les Pauls. Mercifully the band was rounded out with a fabulous drummer, Adam Abrashoff, and Israeli bassist Elad Shapiro stepping in for Justin Smith, a dynamic rhythm section powerful enough to keep up with him.
I was so blown away that as soon as Deep Purple finished their set standing right there in the Ryman Auditorium I took out my smartphone and ordered this album. Although no recording can capture Simo's live energy, this is a great CD and I couldn't recommend it more highly. Simo is a talented songwriter and an unbelievable guitarist. It's hard not to have flashbacks to early Clapton, Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughan at various times listening to Simo's frenetic playing. I absolutely love this album, and recommend it highly and if you get the chance by all means see them live.
This album is mandatory listening for any fan of blues or rock. Top critical review. Good guitar playing but no stand out songs. He is a killer guitarist though. Want to see him live.
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Great stuff all blues and rock fans need to hear. Good stuff from the Nashville musician. Catch him That Same Thing - Simo (28) - Simo if you can. I couldn't find who has write songs,how long That Same Thing - Simo (28) - Simo are, what year it's been made and where. All that is missing. Unprofessional choise. If you need designer, I'm available:. Format: Audio CD. Kiss Me - Kanakis* - For You has figured it out.
It's going to get called things like retro, '60s, this that and the other, and deservedly so, but it's really just great rock, played by a cool bunch. Together a little more than a year, they've been unleashing their hard rock fury over audiences, and garnering a great deal of attention along the way. Straight out of the box they evoke the halcyon tones of the best of the sixties - Aoh is a driving rock and roller that barrels along like a freight train.
It's raw as raw gets, and the mix is great - the rhythm section is front and center, leaving Simo to weave his magic over the top like a surfer riding a torpedo. He manages to stay on top, and it attests to his power as a singer and player. Swart and drummer Adam Abrashoff are a hyperkinetic coupling who never back down. They take Simo's Yardbirdsian intro and go off into an experiential ride down the best side of another era. I can throw all kinds of cliches at this, and they wear them very well.
These fellas play like they mean it - no pretense, just great and obvious rock and roll. Shake It is the album's first single, and it's not an obvious choice, but what the hell is a single now anyway - Simo's vocal is piped through a wash of grind, and it has a great garage groove, but garage bands generally couldn't play this well.
That's the biggest difference between the American garage scene of the '60s and the truly great bands of that era - like this bunch, they could play. Simo isn't a techie shredder, he's more along the lines of gutsy hard rock, filled with verve and passion. Dynamics play big here, and it's great to hear them passing around the lead - Abrashoff is a pounder who has enough finesse to sound right - not the quantized crap you hear on most computer soaked metal and rock, but more like someone who loves to play the drums like a musical instrument.
Swart dances in between Simo and Adam's aggression with some very melodic swoops and swoons and a nice round tone that never clashes with the guitarist's brighter Marshall tones. When J. Yes, a glorious noise. If you didn't know it, you'd never know Fool For You was a Curtis Mayfield tune - they own it on this cover. They segue right into Young Man, Old Man and it's a gentle acoustic intro that will bring to mind The Who circa Tommy, or maybe Stevie Winwood - Simo has assimilated the era, Lauren Ellis - Feels Like Family I'm not certain that he hasn't simply time traveled to the now to screw with That Same Thing - Simo (28) - Simo . Damned glad he did.
And I'm glad he brought Swart and Abrashoff - they turn this acoustic intro into a fiery rock exhibition. This is big room rock - born to be played in large rooms to religiously fervent fans of real rock. The end of this song is transcendent - it would be great in any era, but I feel like it's never been so necessary as now. Clementia's Lament is born in one of Dante's hells, then is soon lifted by some Mid-Eastern rhythms from Simo's right hand, and Swart's brutal bass.
They seldom play lockstep, but they know when to, and that makes all the difference. Simo's solo is psychotically beautiful, and it winds into a very melodic section that suggests the wistful melodic abilities of Eric Carmen's best works. Look him up if you don't know him, fer crissakes. Have I mentioned that this is a glorious, glorious noise?
Great rock peaks out from under the mush, the mire, and these sad times. Then it's off and into a slow blues that is Greeny approved. This is almost too period correct, and while I may That Same Thing - Simo (28) - Simo opted for a cleaner vocal, I will admit to being a very picky bastard, and it ain't my record, right?
They do nail it - the rhythm section s loosely leaden, and Simo is a masterful axeman, who can't be faulted. Abrashoff is one of the few drummers I've That Same Thing - Simo (28) - Simo in Rain Dance - Timmy Regisford - Africa Calling while who really gets cymbals - his punctuation is sublime.
What's On Your Mind then gently waltzes out with Beaucoups Of Blues - Ringo Starr - Sentimental Journey / Beaucoups Of Blues beautiful bit of nylon picking - nice. Maybe that's Peter Green's requiem. Simo rarely seems to use any effects save for his wah pedal and on The Same Thing he gives a university level dissertation on its use.
While the rhythm section plays a big burlesque, Simo dances elegantly into the stratosphere with some big cat moans. He also whips out some great psychedelic slide work that both Jimi and Jimmy would approve.
Towards the end he goes into a nice skronk that let's us catch our breath before the big end. Yup, a glorious noise. The rockingest drum solo song since Moby Dick. Evil - that's how it ends, and damned if it's not. Howlin' Wolf knew this was going to happen, believe me. He may have grumbled about rock, but there's no way he would not have dug this. I hope this catches on as well as it should - we need some big rock bands who realize there ain't no shame in growing from the blues into something more glorious.
I was told this week that one of this era's biggest blues rockers was embarrassed by rocking out on a big stage with a rock band. And that's a goddamned shame - the only reason the blues guys didn't sound like this was the equipment just That Same Thing - Simo (28) - Simo there yet. They would have loved this - it's a glorious noise.
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