Bees Deluxe

Bees Deluxe
3 Chords & the Truth


By A.J. Wachtel
January 2010

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In a musician's black-and-white universe the basic view of life is very simple and definite: nothing really matters but 3 Chords & the Truth. The truth according to Bees Deluxe is ornamented on this album with the influences of two Kings (B.B and Freddie), and these three chords are played in many different ways and tell many different stories.

The opening original cut, “Crank Part Two,” sets a Freddie King “Hideaway” type of mood and the next, Bobby Bland's “I Wouldn't Treat A Dog,” shows that this group is a great bar-room band. All songs on this CD were recorded live in the studio and this song illustrates the creative cohesiveness and excitement that comes with hearing good music live.

Hendrix's “If 6 was 9” has a subdued opening and then explodes into Hendrix-guitar driven studio tricks. This guy can really play guitar! “Jealous Guy,” a Lennon composition, is a B.B. influenced tune featuring spectacular and tasteful guitar licks with your typical road weary vocals, and “B Minor With Stops” features fluid uptempo leads and sustained high notes. Guitarist Conrad Warre shows off on this melody.

“Start It Up” could be in B.B's set list and “Jungle Man” is typical Freddie: more R&B than blues, well-arranged with a nice guitar riff melody. The soft, instrumental cover of Jimmy Cliff's “Many Rivers To Cross” leaves the listener with a nice bluesy taste in their mouth. And the show's not over: after 10 minutes of silence, there is a hidden track called “Last Call”. Get the CD to hear for yourself how great this cut is, ok?

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