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Ben Poole – Time Has Come

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Ben Poole
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cd
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£14,99

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Rating:
4
On March 14, 2016
Last modified:March 14, 2016

Summary:

To paraphrase the record, Ben Poole’s time has definitely come.

The new album from Ben Poole opens with the hard hitting “Lying To Me” a big, powerful, rocking number with a steady, hard bluesy riff and serious soloing which certainly grabs your attention.

“I Think I Love You Too Much” slows things down a notch or two, and on this track we can hear Ben’s soulful singing.  Things are slowed down even more with the ballad “Longing For A Woman,” there’s some great piano playing on this, nicely balanced with some sublime organ arrangements.

Back up the tempo scale for “If You Want To Play With My Heart,” a simple yet effective song that grooves along nicely, almost lulling you into a false sense of happiness (well it is the blues) before “Time might never come” drags you down the bitter blues alley, a sombre track, underpinned by Ben’s excellent vocal and  a well worked guitar solo that excels in the songs direction. Easily the best track on this album for me.

Time for a change of pace and ‘Stay at mine’ is a nice bit of pop inspired blues, very light with not a lot of substance, though it does get your foot tapping.

‘You’ve Changed’ is a stripped down track allowing Ben’s vocal talents to take the lead, with Bob Fridzema on the Hammond organ providing great accompaniment to a rather tasty guitar solo.

‘Just when you thought it was safe’ funks it up, with the snare drum front and center, another seemingly simple track that sneaks up on you and begs for another listen.

‘The question why’ rounds off the album, a great little number with a silky California vibe.  What stands out, now that the album is nearly over, is that the first track, Lying to Me, is the odd one out.  While that is all guns blazing, so to speak, the rest of the album takes a more laidback approach to some seriously mellow blues.

To paraphrase the record, Ben Poole’s time has definitely come.

Track Listing

01.Lying To Me
02.I Think I Love You Too Much
03.Longing For A Woman
04.If You Want To Play With My Heart
05.Time Might Never Come
06.Stay At Mine
07.You’ve Changed
08.Just When You Thought It Was Safe
09.Whoever Invented Love
10.The Question Why

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FEBRUARY 2016

KENDAL – BOOTLEGGERS BAR
THURSDAY 4th FEBRUARY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: www.skiddle.com
24 Finkle St, Kendal, LA9 4AB
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YORK – FIBBERS
FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY

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3-5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT
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LEICESTER – THE MUSICIAN
SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY

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Clyde St, Leicester, LE1 2DE
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PUTNEY. LONDON – THE HALF MOON
THURSDAY 11th FEBRUARY

Tickets: £12.  Box Office   020 8780 9383
93 Lower Richmond Rd, London. SW15 1EU
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DARLINGTON – THE FORUM MUSIC CENTRE
FRIDAY 12th FEBRUARY

Tickets: £12. Box Office: 01325 363165
Borough Rd, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 1SG
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BINGLEY – BINGLEY BLUES FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY

Tickets: £15.  Box Office   01274 567983
Bingley Arts Centre, Main St, Bingley, BD16 2LZ
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WORTHING – PAVILLION THEATRE
SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY

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info@worthingpier.co.uk
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MARCH 2016

SHOREHAM – ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
THURSDAY 17th MARCH

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01273 464440
High St, Shoreham by Sea, BN43
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BARTON ON HUMBER – ROPERY HALL
FRIDAY 18th MARCH

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Maltkin Road, Barton-on-Humber, DN18 5JW
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MICKLETON – R-n-B CLUB
SATURDAY 19th MARCH

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Village Hall, Mickleton, Durham, DL12 0JR
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KINROSS SCOTLAND – THE GREEN HOTEL
SUNDAY 20th MARCH

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2 The Muirs, Kinross, Perthshire, KY13 8AS
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21 OXFORD – THE HAVEN CLUB
MONDAY 21st MARCH

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SUTTON – BOOM BOOM CLUB
FRIDAY 29th APRIL

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Sutton United FC, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, SM1 2EY
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SELBY – ARTS CENTRE
SATURDAY 30th APRIL

Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01757 708 449
York St, Selby. Yorkshire, YO8 4AH
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MAY 2016

NEWCASTLE – THE CLUNY
WEDNESDAY 4th MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0191 230 4474
36 Lime St, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
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STIRLING – THE TOLLBOOTH
THURSDAY 5th MAY

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Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE
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GLASGOW – ORAN MOR
FRIDAY 6th MAY

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Byers Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
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ABERDEEN – CAFE DRUMMOND
SATURDAY 7th MAY

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1 Belmont St, Aberdeen, AB10 1JR
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CHELTENHAM – VONNIES
WEDNESDAY 11th MAY

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21 Church St, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8AP
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CHISLEHURST – BEAVERWOOD CLUB
THURSDAY 12th MAY

Tickets:  £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
Beaverwood Rd, Chislehurst, BR7 6HF
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SOUTHAMPTON – THE TALKING HEADS
FRIDAY 13th MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 02380 678 446
Maple Leaf, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN
www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

HARTLEPOOL SUPPORTERS CLUB
SATURDAY 14th MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 075359 79658
Sandringham Road, Hartlepool, TS26 0JJ

FARNHAM – THE MALTINGS
THURSDAY 19th MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01252 793 430
The Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR
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NEWBURY – ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
FRIDAY 20th MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01635 244246
Arlington Arts Centre, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ
www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

DERBY – THE FLOWERPOT
SATURDAY 21st MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01332 204955
The Flowerpot 23 King St, Derby. DE1 3DZ
www.rawpromo.co.uk

SHEFFIELD – GREYSTONES
SUNDAY 22nd MAY

Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0114 266 5599
Greystones Rd, Sheffield, S11 7BS
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To paraphrase the record, Ben Poole’s time has definitely come.

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