Whoa! Didn't think I'd be hearing a Dolly Dagger riff any time again soon but here it is with the opening cut, Train to My Heart. Dave Fields can really crank it and wail in the middle eight, mindful of Hendrix crossed with the elder days Frank Marino a la Mahogany Rush. Fields also sings and doubles up on organ, but, man, that guitar playing! Trower, Marino, Uli Jon Roth, and all the rest had better start counting their days, 'cause there's a new deputy in town. However, keeping Jimi alive is not the intent of this CD.
Ain't No Crime tosses in a bit of soul amid the rock, catching some of the old Mother's Finest, while All Wound Up fades back into blues with a folky bounce and rockin' base. A number of songs are loosey goosey, sliding all around the place between lubricious rock and swinging blues, harp provided by Billy Gibson (no, not the ZZ Top grizzled guy). The slow blues of Cold Wind Blowin takes it all back down, mellowing out for 6:06, Fields switching to a piano in the mid-section in an up-lounge tempo.
The Hendrix riff may have been a come on, but it was sweeeeet!; however, Fields is primarily a bluesman who doesn't let himself get restricted. The guy's honed to a fare-thee-well and his sessioneers are on the beat every step of the way. There are dreamy sequences in several cuts, especially Wanna be Your Man, but All Wound Up is a swinging fusion of rock, blues, folk, rave-up, and just plain high-spiritedness.
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