30 Years of Blues

by The KC Sound All Stars

Released 05/14/2018
KC Sound
Released 05/14/2018
KC Sound
Blues jam sessions from 2012, plus a bonus track recorded earlier. The performers are fine musicians who have been recording at the KC Sound Studio during the 30 years we have been running the studio.
The KC Sound All Stars (in alphabetical order):
Judo Jalava (vocal, hammond), Antti Karineva (vocal, guitar, dobro), Christer
Karjalainen (drums), Elmo Karjalainen (guitar), Timo Luostarinen (guitar),
Sauli Luttinen (vocal, bass), Erkka Makkonen (guitar), Olli Mäkelä (drums),
Sasa Opacic (guitar), Ilkka Reima (guitar), David Rios, aka Doctor Dave
(vocal, harmonica), Teijo Saarinen (bass), Esa Salminen (bass), Henry Valanne
(drums, shaker), Roland Wilson (vocal, guitar)
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Info corrected: the writer of Every Day I Have The Blues is Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman), not the Sparks brothers as erroneously printed on CD cover

The KC Sound All Stars
30 Years of Blues
Review by Riku Metelinen in Blues News 4/2018, translation by Christer Karjalainen

I had heard that it was coming, and now the waiting is finally over. The thing in question is the 30th Anniversary release from KC Sound from Turku (Finland). A jam session was arranged in the studio in 2012 with members of the bands West Coast Blues and Detroit, guitar wizard Elmo Karjalainen, harpist Dave Rios, and guitar player Ilkka Reima. The evening was recorded, and as the whole thing was succesful, Christer Karjalainen decided to release the recordings at some stage. And what would be a better time than the studio´s 30th Anniversary. I was convinced even after listening to (the album) for the first time: there´s that much tight stuff on offer, that it would have been wrong not to release these recordings.
Among the ten performances there are many songs which are familiar to the readers of our magazine, such as All Your Love, I Feel So Bad, Blues Before Sunrise and Every Day I Have the Blues. Included are also a couple more seldom heard songs, such as Somebody Loan Me A Dime and Wish Me Well. The last track, the ZZ Top Vincent Price Blues, was recorded a few years earlier, and with partly different players.
Most of the material is sung by Judo Jalava and Dave Rios, but Antti Karineva and Roland Wilson also get to sing, both of them one song each. Because the sessions combined differently styled guitar players, familiar songs are seen in new perspectives . The Old School men and the younger guitarists play in total harmony. There is no guitar churning or duelling, even when several guitar players play at the same time. Even if the material is largely familiar, at no stage do I get the feeling that I have heard this too many times, or that maybe this could have been left out. Every version is justified, with flying colors. Many of them are pretty long, but there are no unnecessary improvisations, jamming for the sake of jamming, or prolonged bits in the tracks. There is only everything essential. I firmly believe that the atmospehere was exceptionally relaxed, because the idea was actually not to make a record – and perhaps that is the reason why the end result is so successful.
I don´t know if it´s because of the hot weather in July, the high quality of the album, or what, but I can´t name my favorite tracks. That is probably because I like them all, almost as much. If I have to mention one, the most interesting track is Antti Karineva´s soulful rendition of It Takes Love ToMake A Home, where Dave Rios steals the show after his harp solo by serving a short one from the Los Lobos song Don´t Worry Baby. I would really have liked to be in the studio during the sessions, so the album is like medicine on my wounds. (…) I think a release gig should be arranged, so that all friends of good music could get to enjoy this delicacy.