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Now Blues For Now People

by Cosmo St. Clair

Up-tempo, sixties style London meets Chicago Blues, with attitude.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Things I'd Do For You
4:04 $0.99
2. The Spider And The Fly
3:38 $0.99
3. If You Love Me
2:38 $0.99
4. Down Home Girl
4:25 $0.99
5. Little Bit
3:10 $0.99
6. Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')
2:52 $0.99
7. Boom Boom
3:05 $0.99
8. Jealous Man
3:46 $0.99
9. Palm Of My Hand
2:49 $0.99
10. Sugar Coated Love
2:59 $0.99
11. Got Love If You Want It
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
"In terms of its relation to 'popular' music, and the spirit and attitude, Blues was the first Punk Rock."
- Cosmo St. Clair

Stripped down and streetwise...raw, ragged and righteous.

Mind blowin' from beginning to end...high-energy Blues, to say the least - a great party CD, for sure! One of the best, rousing Blues albums I've ever heard - a classic in it's own time! There aren't enough stars in the 'rating system' to do it justice!

Cosmo St. Clair goes to work with such disarming naturalness that one can hardly contain one's amazement. Someone just shows up after forty years and replicates a sound which in those days brought the blues back into American memory and it doesn't sound antiquated for even a second. Astonishing!
Dietmar Hoscher, CONCERTO - AUSTRIA

This is a party album that sounds like a 'Best Of Original British Blues': a merciless and fast guitar claiming the spotlight, an electric organ driving everyone wild, a harmonica to alternate with a voice similar to the rocky throats of Eric Burdon, Mick Jagger and Phil May. St. Clair rewrites and rephrases this unique paragraph in the history of black music with such enthusiasm, gusto and swing that you find yourself putting on your dancing shoes in the middle of the day.

For those of you who still pine for those halcyon days of the British Blues boom of the 60s, or for the younger blues fans who would like to hear the type of music that spawned the (re) discovery of many of the elder generation of true Blues musicians, this CD pays tribute to the bands that formed the vanguard of the movement that took the Blues back to it's homeland, and will come as a real delight. Listening to Cosmo St Clair will bring to mind bands like the Manfreds and the Blues Band, but permeated with the attitude and aggression that the Stones, Kinks and Pretty Things bought to their music, with a bit of punk thrown in for good measure.
Mick Rainsford, BLUES IN BRITAIN - UK

Cosmo St. Clair punches through time with this cocky, eleven-track disc of Blues that's grounded in the heart of the British bar scene of the mid-sixties. Cosmo lays claim to the turf with little more than his guitar and a heroic dose of major rock 'n' roll attitude. A fun party record from an innovator who moves forward by first honouring the past.

This CD could easily have been lifted from a set list of standards from the days in which we used to hurtle up & down the A1 in dodgy Commer vans ... bugger me, is that keyboard a Vox Continental? ... bloody well sounds like it. To someone who was there & doing it, Cosmo is sounding just retro right.

There is a punkish sentimentality in the way St. Clair presents...these tracks, more of a laid back cool energy inherent in his playing. (This "coolness" got an extra point in the rating!) ...good song choices, some fine playing...catch this act live!
Michael Flynn, BLUESWAX - USA

Now Blues For Now People doesn't just re-create the 'sixties blues scene, for that would be mere duplication. It takes the Blues and re-packages them for a younger generation as well as to those thoroughly drenched in the cloudburst of Blues from the early sixties coming from one side of the Atlantic and being filtered down on the other side. ... no wimpy ballads here.

This CD is a good example of the honest work of a musician who loves Blues and believes in what he does, which gives as a result a worthy piece of work. If you like straight simple powerful blues, this CD is a very good example. VERY GOOD.
Vicente Zumel, LA HORA del BLUES RADIO - SPAIN

St. Clair is doing his thing in such a refreshing and energetic way that you have a hard time believing your ears.

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Stripped down and irresistible rhythmic force..raw, ragged and ri
On Cosmo St. Clair’s stripped down and streetwise blues he plays the guitars and bass himself, adding only drums, harp and keys. Now Blues for Now People might be a bit of a misnomer, given that the tracks are mainly classic Blues and R&B numbers – or perhaps it indicates the music’s timelessness. If St. Clair’s spirited singing is sometimes thin, his guitar playing makes up for it: His lead work on the Stones’ "Spider And The Fly" sounds downright angry, and on "If You Love Me" he builds an irresistible rhythmic force. No slow Blues – it’s all raw, ragged and righteous.

Joe Curtis-Blues On Stage

There aren't enough stars in the rating system..!
This debut CD, Now Blues For Now People, by L.A.-based blues artist, Cosmo St. Clair, is mind blowin' from beginning to end. It's high-energy blues, to say the least - a great party CD, for sure! From the first track to the last, this CD really has what it takes! Cosmo supplies all the guitar parts and lead vocals, as well as most of the bass parts on Now Blues...That's one reason why the instrumentals blend so well blues-minded soul that knows where blues is at, callin' all the shots on the parts played and sung. Now Blues ..starts off with "Things I'd Do For You," a real rouser, guaranteed to please in every way! The Stones' "The Spider and the Fly", contains so much rousing blues pleasure in every note, it could almost be classified as 'musically illegal! Sunny Girl Yoko's harp parts can really get ya goin'! Spectacular Cosmo guitar leads, vocals and pumpin' bass lines, along with right-in-the-pocket drums supplied by Rob Klonel, will keep ya on the dance floor, or anywhere else ya wanna rock! "If You Love Me,", features more awesome vocals, scorching leads, and wild Klonel drumming. Can't get 'no better, no how'! "Down Home Girl" features more mouth watering Sunny Girl Yoko blues harp, the way it's supposed to be played - right from the soul! More kick-ass drums, searing vocals, etc. Very impressive! This band knows how to groove, 'n rock up the blues. Muddy and Sonny Boy ll would be proud! "Little Bit", asks for a "teeny little bit 'o your love", but gives 100% all the way! More excellent lead guitar, rousing
percussion rhythms, etc. Cosmo's vocals click on every level. Doug Nahory's lilting organ riffs help "Little Bit", be a 'lot bit!' "We Got a Good Thing Goin'", rocks it up without constraint. Everything fuses nicely on this tune! Cosmo's vocals are A-1 all the way..he's definitely got a good thing goin' on this one! John Lee Hooker's "Boom, Boom", is the best you could ask for in this very cool rendition of one of Hooker's major compositions. (I can almost feel JLH is itchin' ta sit in with Cosmo's band!) My fingers are 'dancin' on the keypad' as I'm listening to this all-time blues classic. Scorching leads, rockin' skins, and very cool Cosmo vocals, send this well-known JLH tune into blues orbit! Just in case you can stand more of the best blues around, Cosmo delivers up more rousing vocals on the classic "Jealous Man", who's "crazy about my baby too much!", and "locks her in her room all night". This tune is 'knee-slappin' good, all the way! Larry Rott guests on melodic bottom-end bass lines that really help the energy flow along nicely. More unbelievable Sunny Girl Yoko harp coolness, combines with 'to die for' leads by Cosmo … I wanna hear 'em in my sleep! Cosmo's invigorating leads and vocals can hold ya in the 'palm of his
hand', in "Palm of Your Hand". Sunny Girl Yoko's incredible harp technique gives strength to this musical winning 'hand'!
"Sugar Coated Love", is belted out by Cosmo, accompanied by his heavy-duty rhythm guitar and leads, that spell it out,
in no uncertain terms. I'm sure the Rockabilly gods would approve! The final tune on this unbelievably good CD, is "Got Love If You Want It!" Cosmo's leads on this tune, seem to spin into the blues cosmos -- where all good blues comes from. The same can be said about this whole CD. In my estimation, it's one of the best, rousing blues albums I've ever heard - a classic in it's own time! There aren't enough stars in the 'rating system' to do it justice!

Rony Mahieu

Great CD. Makes me think of the Stones.
Great CD. Makes me think of the Stones. And ... been a Stones fan since 1963 !! Interpretation of Spider and the Fly almost better than original. If you don't party on this one, you don't party at all. Looking forward to Cosmo II.


Ian Brown

I received the CD and have been playing it for the last few days. I love it!!!
As someone who grew up in London and was a teenager in those heady early 1960's, Now Blues For Now People, was like a reunion with old friends. It took me right back to the early Stones (MicK Jagger went to my school by the way), Yardbirds, Pretty Things, John Mayall, Them, The Animals, etc. The fact that an American has been able to reproduce that early London sound so accurately is quite amazing.