Claude Hay review October 26 2012….

CLAUDE HAY

I LOVE HATE YOU

128 RECORDS  IROO 11

I LOVE HATE YOU–GOOD TIMES–STONE FACE–BEST DAYS–WHERE HAVE YOU GONE–CLOSE–NARROW MIND–BLUES TRAIN–DON’T BRING ME DOWN–COME TOGETHER–HOUND–TURN IT UP

 

In the grand tradition of Sun recording artist Joe Hill Louis, Australian native Claude Hay has taken the premise of a “one-man band” into the 21 ST Century on his new album, entitled “I Love Hate You,” on 128 Records.  There are eleven solid originals and one slick cover, and, on this set, Claude’s third overall, he ventures more onto the blues-rock side of things, with heavy doses of his guitars punctuating these cuts.

Also furthering his do-it-yourself cause, Claude has built all his own equipment, including a double-necked guitar made from a kitchen counter, affectionately named “Betty,” and a cigar-box guitar named “Stella.”  And, his knowledge of modern loop technology gives him a full “band” sound, without the band.

The thumpin’ leadoff title cut is Claude’s clever ode to things he loves, hates, and loves to hate!  “Good Times” uses a rare appearance from another musician, drummer Jon Howell, to spin the tale of things happenin’ at the Grand Junction Hotel!  Howell drums again, and Ryan Van Gennip adds bass to the set-closing funk bomb, aptly-titled “Turn It Up!”  And, Me-Lee Hay can be heard on cello on the album’s nod to Eighties’  “power ballads,” entitled “Close.”

Everything else is just Claude, tho.  Check out his story of what could’ve been a disastrous bus trip, called “Hound,” which, just like the stuff from ol’ Joe Hill Louis, was recorded at Sun Records.  And, our favorite was Claude’s slide-heavy remix of “Come Together.”  He strips it down even more than on the original, and takes it straight down deep into the Delta!

Claude Hay has successfully blended his blues traditions with his love of the “big guitar” sound of Eighties rock.  Get ready for a sweet ride on this “Blues Train” with “I Love Hate You!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

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