Bees Deluxe review…November 4, 2019..

BEES DELUXE

MOUTHFUL OF BEES

SLAPPING CAT RECORDS  SLAPCD 020

VOODOO DOLL–DAMN YOUR EYES–PRISON OF LOVE–BAD INFLUENCE–WALKING OUT–I WOULDN’T TREAT A DOG (THE WAY YOU TREATED ME)–FOR THE LOVE OF A WOMAN–HOMEWORK–PALACE OF THE KING–BLUE AND YELLOW

Boston’s “most notorious band,” Bees Deluxe, spent the summer of 2019 driving from Maine to Florida, gigging all the way along the Eastern seaboard.  At the tour’s conclusion, the band retreated to the studio to commit some of their stage material to tape,  Their last album was of all-original material, so guitarist/vocalist Conrad Warre thought it might be a good idea to cut some fan and band favorites, several of which are covers. The result is entitled “Mouthful Of Bees,” and features, along with Conrad, Carol Band on vocals, keys, and harp, Allyn Dorr on vocals and bass, and Paul Giovine on drums.

The set starts with a hoodoo vibe, as our hero’s scorned lover got a lock of his hair and a ball of wax, making a “Voodoo Doll,” and cutting him off at the knees, literally!  Next up, she’s still got him under her control, contrary to his beliefs, in the jazzy, “Damn Your Eyes, takin’ my breath away!”  One of our favorites was a song made popular by Robert Cray.  Yep–she’s nothin’ but bad news, and our hero’s getting rid of her “Bad Influence.”  This one is set over a Dire Straits-ish arrangement.   Another favorite is the fast-paced “Walking Out,” finally “glad we called it quits,” and features some of Conrad’s most torrid guitar work!   We had two more favorites, both a couple of cool old-school covers.  First up is the stuttering stop-time of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac original, “I can’t do my Homework any more!”  The other was penned by John Mayall as a tribute to Freddie King.  It’s built around Freddie traveling abroad, and his longing to get back to Dallas and “The Palace Of The King.”

Bees Deluxe were still riding the high of that whirlwind summer 2019 tour when they laid down the unique arrangements that characterize the excellent material contained in “Mouthful Of Bees!”  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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