Ivy Gold are Live at the Jovel

Ivy Gold are Live at the Jovel

Ivy Gold are Live at the Jovel a wonderful live album with the quality on display as clear as the remarkably clear production for a live album, and the tracks all have something to offer any fan of heavy rock with a blues base.

Bluesdoodles rating: 4 Doodle Paws – a wonderful live album with the quality on display as clear as the remarkably clear production for a live album, and the tracks all have something to offer any fan of heavy rock with a blues base.

Despite the pandemic (you know, that life wrecking infection which many seem to think has gone away) a new band called Ivy Gold released an album called Six Dusty Winds and made a huge impression on the press and the listening public.

The band is fronted by the charismatic and powerful vocals of a lady known as Manou; she has surrounded herself with equally powerful musicians to make her vision a musical reality… step forward Tal Bergman (Joe Bonamassa), Sebastian Eder (Avalon), Kevin Moore (Jennifer Rush) and Anders Olinder (Glenn Hughes).

As restrictions were relaxed the band performed Live at The Jovel venue in Münster, Germany in November last year. The concert is the whole of that excellent debut album with a drum solo expanding the tracks to eleven…don’t frown! It may not be essential but, as it was so well crafted by Tal Bergman, it is enjoyable: the sort of solo that plays with and to the audience, and essential listening for drummers.

If you haven’t heard the debut album, the band champion blues-based rock rather than just blues-rock, with a melodic approach to the highly effective vocals plus Eder’s tasty guitar and the experienced and inventive keyboard and rhythm players.

Different running order to the studio album may surprise, but it actually gels better in the live environment. It all begins with the heavy, funk/rock/blues of This Is My Time: the whole band are as tight as a duck’s sphincter from the off, belying the fact that they only had time for two rehearsals. A nice keyboard intro sets the scene for the guitar to shine and Manou soon settles in and begins a first-class performance.

Face of Deceit is a great blues-rock song that has transferred well…the riff is ’74 Purple with guitar and keys prowling behind the lower register, emotive vocals and the guitar solo is excellent. Believe is introduced with a bass masterclass and the spot on drums before the guitar joins in the staccato funk the vocal echoes. To further prove their true blues credentials, Without You is just that…pure and blue with emotional vocals and solid backing from the talented band and the kind of solo that blues guitarists know is right: no shred just the right number of notes in the right places (to paraphrase Eric Morecambe and Andrew Preview). Born Again is out and out, mid-paced rock that has a Rainbow like majesty to it. The carefully picked guitar solo heightens the tension for the vocal chorus to take us to the bluesy conclusion. This was my favourite on the studio album, and so it proves here. The track quietens ready for the drum solo. Six Dusty Winds is another crafted, heavy blues rock that isn’t quite a ballad despite the tempo but a rolling blues (courtesy of an unknown number of backing vocalists) adds to the gospel feel. Shine On sounds like it could have been on a Bernie Marsden 80s solo album as the chords chime and the bluesy funk builds to a neat and well-paced guitar solo.

Suspicion has a superb guitar intro and is nice and blue but shot through with a funky feel that works really well…and the benefit of yet another imaginative solo. (the last minute of the running time is given over to band introductions.) We Are One is more funk-tinted blues with a superb organ and guitar solo separating the potentially sing-a-long choruses.

The final track, Retribution has a laid-back instrumental structure that allows Manou to show grit, gravel and clarity in the space of just a few lines and we also get a quality keyboard and guitar solo to make this a near-epic. The quality on display is as clear as the remarkably clear production for a live album, and the tracks all have something to offer any fan of heavy rock with a blues base. It’s nice too that the songs haven’t suffered over zealous editing and the brief intros from Manou link each song nicely

Ivy Gold are Live at the Jovel

Tracklisting
This Is My Time
Face of Deceit
Believe
Without You
Born Again
Drum Solo
Six Dusty Winds
Shine On
Suspicion
We Are One
Retribution

Musicians
Manou: vocals
Sebastian Eder: guitar
Anders Olinder: keyboards
Kevin Moore: bass
Tal Bergman: drums

Recorded at The Jovel in Münster, Germany in November 2021 and available on CD, DVD and Blu ray.

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(iTunes moved on to Ivy Gold’s debut studio album so I let it skip to the next artist…the inimitable JD Simo and many albums of blues based loveliness. I had to listen again to the brilliantly titled Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalamistic off his self titled album from 2020.)

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