Category Archives: ERIC BELL
A classic blues album…Bell is undoubtedly an outstanding guitarist, whose smooth playing gives a lilt to his music that hints at traditional Irish music without being it….Recommended to Thin Lizzy completists and lovers of good blues
Bernard Law, Wondrous Stories (April 2001)
Most of the songs of Eric’s live set are rhythm and blues standards which showcase Eric’s excellent guitar work….the best track of the lot is possibly the final track, a stunning version of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” which was a hit for Them, while Eric was a member…real class blues rock….If you like your blues played with style and emotion, I would advise you to seek this album out and give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed
Frank Blades, Rockhaven (April 2001)
Fabulous playing and surprisingly strong singing make this a pleasurable experience…The sleeve note proudly places Bell in the front rank of Irish guitarists…only a fool would argue with that assertion
Michael Heatley, Classic Rock (May 2001)
…celebrated as a top blues guitarist, this live performance was captured on his ’96 tour
Norfolk Suffolk Preview
…The feeling is one of smoky bar intimacy, with Bell and his backing duo running through a number of standards to warm reception…Buddy Guy’s “Hold That Plane” is supremely rendered and a couple of ‘Lizzy knocks include nearly 10 minutes of fuzz-laden “Whiskey In the Jar”…Solid.
Record Collector, (June 2001)
…adds three tracks to a 1996 CD by ex-Thin Lizzy guitar ace Eric Bell whose playing…is spendidly raunchy and imaginative.
Blueprint (August 2001)
…A fully functioning blues-rock set recorded live in Sweden during the mid-1990s…The sound quality is delightful – his guitar, fully to the fore, has lost none of the clarity and distinction that graced those first Lizzy albums…Add a well-annotated/illustrated eight-page color booklet and the entire package is a delight.
Jo Ann-Greene, Goldmine, (June 2001)
…Eric remains a bluesy guitarist par excellence, and this fine live set boasts covers of everything from Muddy Waters ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ to Van Morrison’s ‘Madame George’, as well as Lizzy’s ‘The Rocker’ and ‘Whiskey In The Jar.’
Kevin Bryan, Belfast Telegraph (June 2003)
…shows the sheer class of Eric’s blues playing but also his damn fine voice.
Martin Hutchinson, The Bolton News (February 2009)
…an excellent live album by the pioneer of the Thin Lizzy guitar sound.
Classic Rock Society (May 2009)
…an excellent reissue that puts you front and center at one of Eric’s concerts in Sweden circa 1996…this set proves that he’s one of the most articulate and soulful guitar players on the planet…
www.classicrockrevisited.com (April 2009)
…an understated but not unattractive set of lean blues-rock…
Steve Caseman, R2 (RocknReel) (May 2009)
…there’s much to enjoy…and revalue the veteran’s talent. ****1/4
www.dmme.net (June 2009)