Veteran musician Anderson has made good use of lockdown. Long before publishing fRoots magazine, he has enjoyed a 50-year career as a blues/psych folk guitarist and gentleman who relished shaking genres in a sack to see what happened. After the demise of the magazine he revived his musical career, only to have everything shut down again by Covid-19.
This second decades-spanning compilation takes in most facets of his musical interests, with a number of cuts appearing on CD for the first time, like the possibly apt-for-the-times “Another Normal Day” from his Hot Vultures years, a song that bounces into the brain. Good as his varied work with different groups is, it’s really the unadorned Anderson that satisfies most, whether on the early “Internal Combustion Rag,” which dates from 1969, or the rather lovely “(The Return Of) The Western Wind,” recorded earlier this year.
What’s so refreshing is that the quality is high throughout – no barrels scraped here, not even close - which makes you wonder how much more excellent music he has hidden away in his cellar. - Chris Nickson
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