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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Geoff Achison 1994 Classically Blue

Genre: Blues
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:54:41
Size: 75,14 MB


Review by Charles Hodgkins

One of the wilder attempts at stylistic fusion to come along in quite some time, Geoff Achison and Adrian K.'s Classically Blue melds -- as its title suggests -- classical violin with elements of blues and bluegrass to mixed results. Adrian K., violinist for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, ropes in acclaimed Aussie blues guitarist Achison for this 1994 collection of blues/R&B covers, Achison originals, and songs that Elvis helped make famous.

Clearly a labor of love for both performers, Adrian K.'s weeping bow provides a strong counterpoint to Achison's meaty vocals and top-form guitar work, making this percussion-free (save occasional congas) album an earthy experiment in genre collision. The album's opening violin strokes on "Mystery Train" scream symphony hall, but as Achison's smooth guitar picking steadily enters the mix, the venue makeover to a dusty barroom becomes increasingly clear. The guitarist's husky vocals -- which recall Joe Cocker or even Paul Rodgers at certain times -- work well on Robert Johnson's "When You've Got a Good Friend" or his own troubadour-ish "Kissing Angels," but tend to come off a bit overly earnest on acoustic boogies such as Johnny Otis' "Hand Jive" and Sam & Dave's "Hold on, I'm Coming."

Classically Blue's momentary flirtations with bluegrass are pleasant asides (most notably on Rodgers & Hart's "Blue Moon"), while Achison's three solo acoustic pieces act as a sort of adhesive for this patchwork album that doesn't ever indicate its true intentions.


01 - Mystery Train 05:37

02 - All Shook Up 03:33

03 - Dark Horse 03:19

04 - When You've Got A Good Friend 04:12

05 - Hand Jive 04:55

06 - Song For Jenny Dean 03:26

07 - Woman Across The River 04:18

08 - Chaser 02:37

09 - Well Alright 04:12

10 - Kissing Angels 05:08

11 - Blue Moon 03:10

12 - Guilty 04:51

13 - Hold On I'm Coming 05:23

Geoff Achison here:



Anonymous said...

Hello Mile

I think here's the right cover for this 1994 album (ca. in the middle of the site...the left one - the one on the top of the site is from a live-DVD from 2011)

Have a nice day


SouthernBluesRock said...

could you post the link please. Seems that you forgot it ;)

Anonymous said...

Hello Mile!

Yes indeed I forgot it!Her it is:

Do You have the other studio album of the ACHISON-Adrian KEATING Classical Blue Project called "You get that" from 1998??? Look here:



SouthernBluesRock said...

thank you Geoff for your help with the cover.

Sorry, cann't offer the second album at the moment, but will keep my eys open.

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