PATRICK HAZELLand the MOTHER BLUES BAND 1975-80          

                 BLUE RHYTHM RECORDINGS (1997) BRR27-28CD

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PATRICK HAZELL AND THE MOTHER BLUES BAND 1975 TO 1980..is vintage blues from the "classic" lineup of this great Iowa band: Joe Price, Dan Magarrell, Rick Cicalo, Steve Hayes, and Bo Ramsey. All selections were written by Hazell, with ever popular tunes like "Back On The Road Again," "Blues On The Run," and one of my faves, "Mississippi Mama." If you weren't there and want to know why this band holds legendary status in the Midwest, this is the music to check out. If you were there, this will bring back many memories of great nights of dancing to the sounds of Patrick and Mother Blues. Either way---BUY ONE NOW!!!

---JAMES RONAN, TRAPEZE MAGAZINE, DECORAH, IA, OCT.'97


PATRICK HAZELL AND THE MOTHER BLUES BAND 1975-1980

This 14 song collection of a five-year period of the Mother Blues Band contains some of the best recordings made. The band was consistently voted the Best Blues Band by the Prairie Sun, a six-state music magazine, in the late 70's. One of the primo cuts on the disc is an 8 minute version of "Back Country Shuffle" that makes you just want to go for the repeat button on the CD player. If you were a fan of the Mother Blues Band you absolutely need this in your music collection. If you never got to hear the band then you now have a chance to catch up on what you missed. Either way this is a must buy Blues CD.

---MIKE RICHARDSON, BLUES NEWS, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY, DAVENPORT, IOWA, NOV.1998


(This CD features) Hazell performing with the Mother Blues Band, a collection of tunes from 1975-80. The band broke up in 1983 and (Hazell) began his career as a one-man band. So for a lot of midwestern blues fans, (this CD) will be a trip down nostalgia lane where they were first introduced to the blues by Hazell and the Mother Blues Band.

--TONI RADLER, EASY REEDING, HOHNER HARMONICA MAGAZINE, Spring'98


Patrick Hazell with the Mother Blues Band 1975-1980
DOWNEAST REVIEW 10-31-2001   LARRY BELANGER, ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Patrick Hazell started the Mother Blues Band in 1968. Although the songs on the album were recorded between 1975 and 1980 the majority have the feel of the late 60's and early 70's. This was an era when Blues and Rock were blended together by a great number of bands. One band that made a great impression from this style music was the group, The Yardbirds, which gave Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page their first experience within the style. The Mother Blues Band has much of the same qualities which listeners sought out in that era, a tight soulful root Blues essence. "Back On The Road Again", recorded in 1980, kicks off the album. A tight arrangement is at the core of this piece. The multiple percussion accents lend the quick tempo an excellent quality. The overall groove is in a 60's Rock & Roll vein with a contagious presentation by a tight group of musicians. "Late Again Tonight", recorded in 1975, is the earliest tune on the album. The band presents a very tight performance and a high quality sound for their first experience. There are many great influences which can be heard throughout the composition, but the overall piece has an original charm. The guitar work, both rhythm and the lead solo, is a key element to the overall excellence of the presentation. "Late Again Tonight" is more Rock than Blues, but also displays how the two genre were used to create truly contagious music. "Late Again Tonight" is guaranteed to be a favorite from the album because of the infectious melody one will be unable to shake. Those who want to experience music from an era when musicians put their heart and soul into a performance are sure to enjoy this album. Patrick Hazell with the Mother Blues Band has captured a timeless sound which will live on in the hearts of many. If the Blues fan acquires one album in the near future it should certainly be this entertaining album.


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Track 1- Back On The Road Again
Recorded in 1980. A tight arrangement is at the core of this piece. The multiple percussion accents lend the quick tempo an excellent quality. Dan Magarrell lends his hot saxophone licks to the infectious melody which is highlighted by superb lyrics.The overall groove is in a 60's Rock & Roll vein with a contagious presentation by a tight group of musicians. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 2- My Kind of Woman
Recorded in 1978. This tune was recorded live, unlike all but one other piece on the album, and the effect of the live performance lends a personal feel to the piece. This number is pure Chicago style blues and Hazell's Little Milton-esque harmonica work is certainly a highlight in the piece. The shouts from the crowd display what a positive response the band had at this live venue. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 3- Crescendo of Blue / Good Evening Mr. Blues
Recorded in 1977. The intro in this piece, which must be "Crescendo of Blue", is a light jazzy piece which has some captivating keyboard work. When the transition into "Good Evening Blues" rolls around one is treated to some great harmonica playing. Hazell also cuts loose with some soulful and emotion-filled vocals. One can certainly see why the band was sought out for their great Blues expressive music.
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Track 4- Can't Pay The Bill
Recorded in 1980. The vocals and lyrics are outstanding on this number. The music is also excellent, but the vocals are just amazing. The funk is in high gear as the rhythm section rocks the house. Hazell's expressive harmonica blended with the brass work creates the perfect backdrop lending to the overall charm created.( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 5- Late Again Tonight
Recorded in 1975. Although this is the earliest tune from the album, the band presents a very tight performance and a high quality sound. There are many great influences which can be heard throughout the composition, but the overall piece has a unique charm. The guitar work, both rhythm and lead solo, is a key element to the overall excellence of the presentation. This tune is more Rock than Blues, but also displays how the two were used to create contagious music. This is guaranteed to be a favorite from the album and should be played loud. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 6- Back Country Shuffle
Recorded in 1978. This tune starts off slowly but picks up both in intensity and with a serious Blues groove. The lead vocals are very soulful with a gritty Blues styling lending to the roots quality. The jazzy saxophone solo break is a captivating element which breaks up the tune nicely. Hazell's harmonica work on this tune is ace and there is more of it presented here than on previous tracks.
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Track 7- Potoholic
Recorded in 1977. This tune has the insanity of a Frank Zappa composition with a Jazz fusion quality. The Cheech and Chong rapping in the background lend to link the music to the title's theme. This tune serves to display the roots of Hazell's exploration into an experimental style and sound using his unique piano phrases. ( ! ! ! ! ! )

Track 8- Funked Up
Recorded in 1977. This tune is certainly funked up with the heavy drumbeat being the driving force and continuity in the piece. The entire rhythm section is tightly held together as the expansion from the melody instruments create a improvisational jam with vivid color and depth. A great instrumental which has an era quality that can be enjoyed for it's timeless creativity. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 9- Where Have All The Dreams Gone?
Recorded in 1980. On this tune one finds a bit of a Reggae element sneaking into the mix, it is ever so slight but still an important ingredient. In an era where Disco was making it's presence felt, one can even feel a slight influence here. The band was feeling the change in the wind and were trimming the sails ever so lightly. Sally Weisenburg lends her angelic harmony vocals for the first time on the album to add a new dimension to the bands sound. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 10- Eye Opener
Recorded in 1980. It becomes clear in this song that the band was actively toying with and exploring different styles. The focus seemed to be to an improvisational quality in a Grateful Dead vein. The jam sound was very popular, though the fan was now a bit older and had a refined taste. This type of professional tight arrangement was the type sought out but seldom found. This tune is made up of great songwriting, arranging and presentation, all the ingredients of a Hit tune.( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 11- Look Up
Recorded in 1980. If one fails to hear the disco beat on this tune then they are certainly missing a key element. The vocals maintain a styling which one would describe as a bit more refined than usually associated with disco music. This may just be the saving element which rescues this piece from the trashbin for all who are not fans of disco music. This is not just run of the mill disco music, there is so much more depth and color than what was par for the era. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 12- Blues On The Run
Recorded in 1980. The guitar and harmonica on this jumping Rockabilly tune are cooking big time. The vocals and lyrics are also well crafted and lend to the overall magnetism. This tune is also an excellent choice to add a bit of spice and variety to the contents of the album. Truly a great rockin' dance tune.( ! ! ! ! ! )

Track 13- Mississippi Mama
Recorded in 1980. This tune has a happy quality via the contagious melody and the vocal play between Hazell and Sally Weisenburg. The hand clapping in the background lends the tune a live quality. The bassline on this tune is especially wild and infectious. ( ! ! ! ! ! )
Track 14- Easy Time Lovin'
Recorded in 1980. The album closes with a bang as the composition is made up of multiple stylings. The steel drum sound is quite unique to the beat and overall funk groove of the piece. The constant drone of the bass lends an original foundation as the rest of the instruments are so melodic. Creative songwriting and original structure are key elements to the strength and charisma of this piece. ( ! ! ! ! ! )

by Larry Belanger
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