London Underground -
Honey Drops

(CD 2010, 53:35, Musea FGBG 4538)

The tracks:
  1- Fanfare(2:43)
  2- Ellis Island(3:10)
  3- Jive Samba(5:56)
  4- Honey Drops(6:22)
  5- Midnight Cowboy(4:19)
  6- Faster And Faster(5:32)
  7- Dharma For One(2:59)
  8- Queen Saint-Gang(4:16)
  9- Saint-Helens(4:02)
10- Norwegian Wood(5:33)
11- Waiting For The Lady(2:40)
12- Jive Samba [Radio Edit](3:11)

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There is one and only one reference possible when listening to the purely instrumental Hammond organ driven music from London Underground: Bootcut. Just as this is the side-project of Beardfish's organ-player Rikard Sjöblom, this Italian trio (I wonder why it is not called Rome Underground  .. . maybe because there isn't one?) drives on the special skills of the Hammond organ expert, in this case Gianluca Gerlini, supported by the able drummer Alessandro Gimignani and bass-player Fabio Baini. Most of the tracks are up-tempo with whirling organ sounds with nice rhythms. Special songs that pop out are the covers Dharma For One and John Barry's Midnight Cowboy, and LU's own composition Faster And Faster which sounds as if the Dixie Dregs' guitar has been replaced by a violin (of guest Riccardo Cavalieri) and the Hammond. Honey Drops, the third album of this group which has been in existence since 1998, comes highly recommended. 

****+ André de Waal (edited by Robert James Pashman)

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