Category Archives: PHILLIP GOODHAND-TAIT
Times might change since then but in 2010 the veteran is still able to turn back the clock: this collection is augmented with Phillip Goodhand-Tait’s praying before Ricky Nelson altar – now with a full band – and reminiscing about the past in “Radio, Play That Song Again” that is a fitting bottom-line to this moving concert.
DME Music Site (November 2011)
There are lots of songs from the solo years – Leon, One More Rodeo, Oceans Away – including a handful, not least the lovely The Lady Lives In England, from ‘Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks’…a 2010 live run through of Ricky Nelson songs with a Stormsville Shakers sound is a pleasing bonus.
This release comes from a recording for Radio Bremen in Germany in 1977 and simply features Goodhand-Tait running through a selection of his songs on a very fine sounding Steinway piano. Good songs and a simple delivery make for an entertaining listen.
Classic Rock Society (January/February 2012)
At his best, Phillip is a witty and imaginative songwriter. ‘The Lady Lives In England’ and ‘Inter-City Flight’, for example, are stories encapsulated in a few minutes of words and music.
…He’s just playing some good solid songs for listeners who appreciate his music. These sixteen songs make it perfectly clear that this man was truly on top of his game in 1977.
This eponymous album compiles all of the band’s grand studio recordings and a trio of exuberant live numbers, 14 tracks in all, and twins it with the now reformed band’s 2005 studio album, ‘Ricky-Tick.
www.allmusic.com (March 2008)
…this collection is the first comprehensive look at a great lost UK club band of the
’60s…The first 14 trck on the CD come from the Shakers’ mid-60s heyday with
the remaining ten tracks coming froma 2005 reunion album…For anyone with even a passing appreciation of Alan Bown, Cliff Bennett or Moon’s Train, this Stormsville Shakers collection will not disappoint
All told this is a sumptuous set, and a superb tribute to one of Britain’s finest composers.
Jo-Ann Greene, allmusic.com (May 2008)
…high-energy guitar-and-saxes soul and r’n'b sound captured on a series of studio and live pieces…
The Beat (May 2008)