Title - 'Joyland' (Cleopatra Records)
Artist - Chris Spedding
Here on Joyland - which features cover art that would beg to differ from such a description - guitar hero Chris Spedding brings us his brand new studio album packed with celebrity moments wrapped around some of the best rock riffs, and the coolest grooves you'll have heard in the past decade!
One of Britain's most versatile session guitarists, Chris Spedding had a long career on two continents that saw him tackle nearly every style of rock & roll to come down the pike, as well as sporadically attempting a solo career.
Featuring a slew of stunning guest artists such as Roxy Music vocalist Bryan Ferry, legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, rockabilly crooner Robert Gordon, the God of Hellfire Arthur Brown, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, 'Deadwood' actor Ian McShane, and more, Joyride is the must-hear album of 2015!
We kick-off with the title track 'Joyland,' a mysterious track in that it is nothing more than Spedding's own guitar work and backing vocals under the spoken words of actor, Ian McShane. The feistier 'Now You See It' with the "King of Hell Fire" Arthur Brown is along next, and begins to truly showcase Spedding's renowned guitar work. That said, there are serious moments within this track that it sounds like both Roger Daltrey and a young Brian Johnson had crept into the recording booth!
The instrumental 'Café Racer' with Glen Matlock is along next, the Spaghetti Western vibe of 'Gun Shaft City' backing it up. With the renowned vocals of Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry giving their usual sultry, sway to the song, it's actually moreover Spedding's guitar work that rules this song. Next up is the instrumental track 'Heisenberg' with Johnny Marr, before Robert Gordon does his best, and yet still subtle rendition of Elvis on the great 'I Still Love You.'
A raw version of Crispian St. Peters' brilliant 'The Pied Piper' with Andy Mackey is up next, with both the guitar-twanging blues of 'Go Down South' with Steve Parsons, and then mid-tempo vibe of 'Shock Treatment with Andy Fraser following along thereafter. The slow-burning country aspects of 'I'm Your Sin' with Lane is next, and is backed by another Steve Parsons track, the fast-paced 'Message For Stella,' and then finally Spedding goes it alone on 'Boom Shakka Boom.' (BTW - There are full liner notes by rock historian Dave Thompson in this brilliantly put together, and highly attractive digipak!)