Solo Recordings Volume 3
Steve Hill Solo Recordings Volume 3 is definitely an album that has to be on your listening radar ASAP. Even if you are not a fan of the blues, I can guarantee that you will still find solace in sound or Steve’s guitar playing. Each song is built off of a catchy Blues, Rock N Roll laden riff.
If someone was not to tell you the fact that Steve Hill is a one man band there is not a chance in the world that you would be able figure it out. The skill and style which Steve possesses and expresses throughout this album simply put is extraordinary. Track after track I was blown away throughout my first listens through Solo Recordings Volume 3, well truth be told I’m still blown away by this album every time I listen to the album.
Solo Recordings Volume 3 is a mix of Rock N Roll, Blues and hint of Country. You will find there is more of a Blues sound to the album than anything, but you could argue with that statement. I just find within the roots of Steve’s guitar playing there is more a blues sound. Within the riffs buried deep within his playing and also sporadic in nature throughout the album you may find yourself discovering a country sense within certain riffs as well.
Solo Recordings Volume 3 starts off with an exciting number titled “Damned”, if there was ever a opening track to get you excited about an album, this song provokes this emotion perfectly. The sound of his guitar caught me right away the second I listened to the album, then the riff took control of my thought process and I dwelled right into the album.
If you are looking for a seedy and dirty blues number then you have to check out “Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone”. The tempo is turned right down in this track comparatively but in lieu of this Steve turns up the distortion to fill your speakers. Maybe even a little ZZ Top coming out in this song, more so with Steve’s vocals going towards the end of the song.
For a swampy acoustic blues album I found “Slowly Slipping Away” was a nice recluse from the album. The toe tapping bearing of each song is still intact however, just not as fierce. It’s not too many times you hear an invite within a song to add a beat/slow clap to a song and within this track you will hear it. The harmonica in the song is the icing ontop of this song. The tone of the harmonica is really where I drew the swampy sound from the track. I like the fact that it is not your normal sounding blues harmonica sound. Steve is still pushing and using different sound and elements to further distance his sound.
“Emily” is a great throwback 70’s track. The acoustic guitar playing takes this song away. For a pointless memo in this review and relating to this song, the first time I listened to “Emily” Mungo Jerry “In The Summertime” jumped right into my head from the opening guitar riff which Steve plays.