Bluelight Records ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚
Belated new album from 50s star
A long long time ago, in a music world far far away, Jack Scott was a megastar. 19 US hit singles in the 41 months between 1958 and 1961 is seriously impressive, and his meaty ballads like What In The World’s Come Over You still sound good today. Then, having recorded the perhaps prophetically titled BURNING BRIDGES in 1964 he seems to have vanished until this, his first album since. It’s a gap that makes the Stone Roses look positively hasty and it’s a real shame it didn’t arrive sooner.
At 79 his voice is lighter than in his heyday but it’s still strong, likewise his playing, and his version of Trouble shows he’s still not a man to be messed with. He’s a singer not a writer, though the one original here (Live Love And Like It) is very good. Elsewhere there are covers of Hank (Honky Tonk Blues) and Gordon Lightfoot (Ribbon Of
Darkness), amongst others. His takes are uniformly good, bringing something new to the songs no matter how many times you’ve heard them before.
Twangy guitars, a gruff, been there, got the t-shirt voice, a rockabilly beat, what’s not to like? These days his music would be called retro if it was made by a twenty-something but as it’s him we can just call it good. Jeremy Searle