Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis - ' Indian Giver ' (Birdman Records)
Catalog number: BMR105

From Aural Innovations May 2009 update

An apparent one-time collaboration between Spectrum (aka Pete Kember) and Captain Memphis (aka Jim Dickinson). Captain Memphis has been known as producer for artists such as the Texas Tornados, Ry Cooder and Big Star. The music on ' Indian Giver' is best described as ' low-key indie rock '. Tracks 1 and 9 are more or less parts one and two of "Mary" - a Spectrum song that I saw the duo perform live over a year ago, see my live review of that gig in Aural Innovations - No. 38. "Lonesome Death Of Johnny Ace" is a solid blues rocker, "Take Your Time" is much like a Spacemen 3 composition - glad to see Kember can still pen out such a gem, "Til Your Mainline Comes" is an almost southern boogie number performed {obviously} by Captain Memphis and I did sort of like their Mudhoney cover of "When Tomorrow Hits". Was somewhat impressed with "The Old Cow Died" featuring some cool sound effects and gutsy guitar playing, "Hey Man" showcases a decent duet between the two musicians and "Confederate Dead" is a familiar-sounding instrumental. Personnel: Pete Kember - keyboards & vocals, Captain Memphis - guitar & vocals, fellow Spectrum member Randall Nieman - keyboards & guitar, Luke Faust - fiddle, Terry Manning - moog synthesizer, Kevin Houston - sax and Jim Crosthwait - drums. A rather nice little independent CD title to own. Maybe not for everyone, but look for sound clips online where provided and then go from there.

Check out the Birdman Records web site at: http://www.birdmanrecords.com

Reviewed by Mike Reed

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