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When The Crowds Have Gone

Artist: Billy Jenkins

Date of Release: 01/01/2005

Catalogue no: BDV 2450

Label: Babel

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

In My Bones

2

 

I Like Rain

3

 

Get The Poison Out

4

 

If I Where A Lollipop Man

5

 

The Tide Is Out

6

 

Blues Is Calling Me

7

 

When Money's Really Tight

8

 

Come Round And See Me

9

 

Sitting On The Dock Of Ebay

10

 

Trouble In Mind

11

 

Everything's Too Fast

12

 

This Room

13

 

Cry Your Eyes Till They're Red

 

 

 

 

A veritable blubfest from a bandleader without any bookings for his wonderful musicians.
Armed with a handmade Lucas Parlour acoustic guitar, blues harp and rack, Billy sings how he feels.
One minute washed up, the next one drowning. Isolation offset with the intensity of commercial intrusion. The stark reality of possibly seeking a non musical subsistence.

Joined by Steve Watts (double bass) and violinist Dylan Bates on three tracks, this is perhaps Billy’s least good humoured release, recorded during the hot summer of 2003 with the complexity of new UK public performance laws hanging heavy in the air. The present is bleak for the practising musician. The future is even more uncertain.

But ultimately, the warm vibrations of steel string and bitter sweet vocal chord, captured with fine sensitivity and spontaneity by producer Pete Bennett leave the listener bathed in optimism and survival.

All lyrics are reproduced in the CD booklet.

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2005 Pete Sargeant / Blues Matters!

‘Jenkins sings like a man (re)possessed and uses his guitar like Old Skool teacher used the blackboard chalk eraser block – notes sail towards you and bash you on the head, prompting attention from all present and yes that includes YOU !’

 

01/01/2005 Mike Butler / Metro

‘Naturally, he approaches the blues from an unconventional angle. Jenkins deforms, excavates and implodes the form. He strips away the phoney stuff and transforms it into something English, domestic and mordant.’

 

01/01/0005 Chris Parker / Jazz At Ronnie Scotts

'Humour of a somewhat dark and acerbic nature still runs through Jenkins's music, but what really impresses on this utterly compelling album is the lightly borne virtuosity that enables him to intersperse such an extraordinary variety of hard-driving blues guitar and harmonica playing with the dazzling post-bop runs that result from Jenkins's 30-year experience in the music business.A tour de force from a man who should be a national treasure.'

 

01/01/0005 Peter Bacon / Birmingham Post

'Billy Jenkins unplugged is not for the faint-hearted, but then I suspect Billy would ban faint-hearted people from buying his records in the first place.'

 

01/01/0005 John L. Walters / The Guardian

'Not a lot of people know this, but Jenkins once trod in Clapton's footprints, playing guitar with Ginger Baker's Nutters for a 40-date tour in the 1980s, "whupping Clapton's arse," (as Jenkins puts it) on elongated versions of Sunshine of Your Love.
If, like me, you were disappointed with Tom Waits's Real Gone, I suggest you flog it on eBay and buy When the Crowds Have Gone instead.'

 

01/01/0005 Gary Booth / Jazz Review

'Puts the focus on Jenkins as footstamping, seated and scary acoustic bluesman. So,while there's less of the abrasive and distorted guitar work, there is more of the trademark er, abrasive and distorted vocal work.'

 

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