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by Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts

slide, country boogie blues with a touch of gospel
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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1. make it to the woods
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2. I'm ready
3:25 $0.99
3. you're gonna need somebody by your side
3:30 $0.99
4. hurry up train
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5. too many hot dogs
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6. no worries
3:47 $0.99
7. how many more years
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8. a change is bound to come
3:26 $0.99
9. walking blues
3:52 $0.99
10. be ready
2:43 $0.99
11. county jail blues
4:02 $0.99
12. tough times
3:27 $0.99
13. big city beat
3:47 $0.99
14. little red caboose
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15. hairy..bye
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Album Notes
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We shouldn't forget the impact Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts have had on not just British, but European blues music history. They were at the heart of Great Britain's Blues Boom that 'Ruled the (Air)Waves' in the 60s, a revolution championing the black blues heritage that was then unfashionable within it's own continent. Such bands as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, and later Brett Marvin, reinvigorated an interest in the blues back home. It is to these latterday pioneers that traditional blues largely owes its survival, and modern blues interpreters their living.

Here, at last, Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts break out. Unshackled from record company barons, they tell me that this release includes some of their best tracks on their favourite label - their own - 'Sun House Records.'

The 'Bolts are not afraid to extract every ounce of excitement and variety from blues classics, or the originally-penned compositions of Taffy Davies, Pete (Gibbo) Gibson, and Graham Hine. They have an eclectic attitude to a remarkable range of instruments - moving from one to another from song to song. This, with their good humour and camaraderie, gives the unique flavour that is typical of Brett Marvin events - and they are events!

It's great to hear renowned keyboardists Jonah Lewie and Taffy Davies 'eating music at the same table.' There's also Graham Hine on guitar - to me he is London's Ry Cooder - this CD shows it. And on five tracks, the Kokomo Singers - you can't get better than that!

Brett Marvin typically feature six lead singer instrumentalists:

Graham Hine - electric lead and slide guitar.
Taffy Davis - keyboards, clarinet.
Keef Trouble - zob stick and electric ironing board.
Jim Pitts - banjo. harmonica, sax, guitar , slide mandolin.
Peter Gibson - trombone, violin, tin can percussion, whistles and sirens.
John (Jonah Lewie) Lewis - keyboards.

These bluesmen are skilfully supported by:
Pete Swan - bass guitar.
Big John Randall - drums and washboard.

Many new to Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts might not know of their musical acclaim, and their international hit, 'Seaside Shuffle,' under the name of Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.

This CD is a necessity for blues lovers, and fun lovers, everywhere.

Jack Slipper.
(Whistling Jack Slipper, composer and blues musicographer, is a reviewer for music magazines worldwide).




Brett Marvin's 'in house' performance/fine artist, top zobstick player, writer and performer of many Brett Marvin songs, Keef Trouble, has his own album, 'OASIS' on CD Baby.

He co-wrote "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties" with and for Jonah Lewie, (of Xmas song 'Stop the Cavalry' fame), which became a top five hit in the U.K., Europe, Asia and Australia, and 'Keep the Furniture but Leave Me with the French Au Pair!'

Many songs on 'OASIS' are orchestrated by Tony O'Malley (international soul-man also on CD Baby), and include ex-Roxy Music guitarist Neil Hubbard, with Duffy Power, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Frank Mead, and Kokomo singers Frank Collins and Dyan Birch. And - a rare appearance by 'Whistling' Jack Slipper!

Keef is a prolific writer, recorder and performer of his own work - look out for more albums by him in the future on CD Baby.

WORTH A LISTEN! - Type in: Keef Trouble.

Ced C.



There has been a happy, but unanticipated overdemand for the 'Unchained' album, and a not much less a one for 'Bootleg.' Sun House is rushing extra CDs to CD Baby. Apologies if you are experiencing delays in product arrival.
Sun House Records.


See Keef Trouble, Brett Marvin percussionist/writer/singer, perform with songs such as 'PE Teacher,' 'You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties,' and 'Jodrell,' in the great 'Broadstairs Folkweek 2008,' August 8th to 15th, at Broadstairs, Kent. Look for him at this event with the Okee Dokee Band. Details:




to write a review

Ian Baldwin

From Crawley to Coolham !!!!!!
Firstly,I must confess that I did not buy this Cd from
CdBaby but actually from the Bretts themselves !!!!!

I am pleased to report that BM & the T's are still alive
and well and were sighted playing at Coolham Village Hall
on Friday 25th November 2005 for the record.

All the original members were on duty and a damn good time
was had by the packed audience.All the old favs were performed including 'Too many Hot Dogs' and 'Nervous'.

Pete was as manic as ever,Jim Pitts as funny as ever and
Graham Hines acoustic set was wonderful !!!.

When's the next gig lads ?

Dougie Damone

I am appalled! Appalled that I have been deprived of this album for so long. I know it must have taken the band much time, and argument, over what to leave out – a ‘best of’ Brett Marvin selection might perhaps be squeezed into four cds! It’s been a long time coming, but worth it. I must admit a personal interest in writing this review – I know the boys. In fact Keef Trouble, recording artist in his own right, co-penned my ‘on the way to being a standard’ song - ‘Hello Mum,’ – orchestrated and vocally backed by that internationally renowned funkster Tony O’Malley, (also on CD Baby). It makes me proud to know that ‘Hello Mum’ is the musical link between a great blues band and a great soul-man. And two of the band have recorded versions of ‘Hello Mum’ – wouldn’t it would be nice to hear it on the next Brett Marvin CD? The rendition of ‘Hello Mum’ by Jim Pitts, (who on this cd fronts ‘How Many More Years,’ ‘Too Many Hot Dogs,’ and ‘Hairy,’) brings tears.

Most bands fight over who can shoehorn in their pretty mediocre ‘original’ fillers, in an attempt to get a bigger share of the glory, and the ‘ackers.’
Not Here! Here, what is particularly remarkable IS the original material. All quality! Not surprising I suppose, when you have such great writers as Jonah Lewie onboard. I can’t understand why someone like Beau Jocque or Waylon Thibodeaux hasn’t snapped up Taffy Davies’ gem, ‘Big City Beat.’
Don’t stop here boys – give us more!
Best wishes, Dougie.


I just can't sit still!
Anyone who has ever managed to get to see a Brett Marvin gig will know that the one thing you can't do is sit still!
This CD captures the unique atmosphere that only they can create, brings it right into your own home... driving rhythm, crazy percussion... a real foot stomper. Play it loud and let your hair down! I've got the neighbours banging on the walls already!

Carol and Jeff

Excellent cd - really glad to find both the cd and your site. Brett Marvin are a marvellous band both on disc and especially live - everyone interested in good rocky blues should try and see them - if not buy this cd !


Are you there Arthur?
I can't believe it! A CHANGE IS BOUND TO COME brings back the slow dancing we used to do at gigs, mind you, slow dancing was all you ever did, wasn't it Arthur... wearing those tartan trousers with the legs CHAINED together. Have you seen what Dave's written about you? To me you were a young David Attenborough look alike, by the way did you ever get enough dough together to get the teeth fixed? I'm really sorry about that, it wasn't me really, it was the tequila.I'm sitting IN MY KITCHEN right now, listening to MAKE IT TO THE WOODS, it always calms me down. Reminds me of the BRETT MARVIN gigs at the STAPLETON, all those ORANGE PEOPLE...I remember sitting next to MARK KNOPFLER, before he was famous... he was a mate of PIANO TAFF's. Boy, did I pick the WRONG MAN. I could have been farting through silk knickers by now. But that's another story.
Sorry about this stroll down memory lane, readers, just listen to UNCHAINED and remember YOU"RE GONNA NEED SOMEBODY BY YOUR SIDE.

David (Dirty Dave) Wormald and Arthur (Cheesy) Ball.

A Creeping Minge in a Black Mac.
Just listened to Unchained. Bootleg which we reviewed was smart, and so is this. Decided to review it as well. What a cracking cd - all the old songs we used to hear when we hung around the band in the good old days. Well, Cheesy was the one who hung around the most, especially if Queenie was about. She was the grungy bird he used to knock about with for a bit. He always looked a creeping minge in the black mac and those teeth – he won’t object to me saying because he was always a bit of a goth – but Queenie didn’t seem to mind. Now a funny thing, a Queenie has written a review – its the same one! Howya doin girl? Arthur never settled down you know, well not with anybody he can remember. What about the time you took a swing at the band bouncer? You, me, and Cheesy were right up at the front of the stage out of our trolleys, pogoing up and down, chanting for our mate Piano Taff to do his Big City Beat, smack in the face of the poor bloke with the rocket guitar who was trying to sing Little Red Caboose (both on this cd coincidently). I thought it was funny. But the roadie bloke didn’t and tried to collar us again. You took umbrage and lashed out. I think it was the language that got you barred. Whenever I hear Big City Beat and Little Red Caboose, it brings it all back. Oh Happy Days! ‘Dirty’ Dave.


Excellent nostalgia
Excellent memoroes evoked by this CD - in particular The Hot Dogs - many hours of play time at school in the sixties/seventies

Ced C.

Dougie Damone (below) is right when he implies that there are so many creditable original numbers on this cd. Another Davies’ song, ‘A Change is Bound to Come,’ a potential gospel gripper if ever there was one, is another that is likely to be taken up. But Dougie, dead men can’t boogie. The great Beau Jocque is the late Beau Jocque! Still, your idea is sound – Davies’ ‘Big City Beat’ could become a Zydecoish classic in the right hands. You have almost left-field inspiration in linking the feel of this album to a specific Brett Marvin-style version of ‘Hello Mum.’ I’m sure sung by Graham Hine, embellished in his economical choppy slide guitar fashion, it would transform into a blistering blues hybrid different, but equal, to the super-smooth soul interpretation occasionally sung by that dark-chocolate-voiced arch-funkster Tony O’Malley, (also on CD Baby). The wonderful thing about the song, as you know, is its versatility. I am told by Jack Slipper that a well-known bluesman is giving it consideration – after all I suppose it does have ‘Wonderful Tonight’ feel and appeal. What is becoming apparent by the response to this cd and its sister, ‘Bootleg,’ is not just the wealth of varied musical talents operating together within Brett Marvin. These talents can, and some do, pursue there own writing and performing bag very successfully.

Ced C.

Southend Bill

Great to see some of their old material released again
While this CD is a great compilation of their material over the years, it would have been even better if they were able to release each of their first 3 Sonet albums with all of the same tracks, and maybe a couple of their singles notably "Standing on the Platform" included. Have followed the band from Studio 51 days, remember the Stapleton too. Got them to come play a few gigs in Southend where the police frequently appeared asking them to keep the noise down!! Looks like I may be coming home from the Middle East soon after 20 years, so looking forward to seeing them live again. My teenager kids need an education in real music and talented musicians!!

BULLMILK(Rythm`n Bluegrassband)NORWAY

I lost my first LP in a fire in 1988 and have been lookin for recordings ever since.This one shows a band playin MUSIC .It`s OLDTIME,BLUES,TRAD,GOSPEL,R`nB,SOUL,JUGBAND
,STRAIGHT,CRAZY, played like you`ve never heard before .
We hope to record MAKE IT TO THE WOODS on our next album .
Hats off !!!
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