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by Iain Hearfield

It's 21st Century Blues music. As Blues Matters said in their review 'It's blues Jim, but not as we know it'. Instead of 'I woke up this morning' this has stories of Vampires, haunting letters, an old ghost and a trilogy about a hitman. Solos abound.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Solitary Man
Iain Hearfield
5:13 $0.99
2. What's Goin On
Iain Hearfield
5:46 $0.99
3. Just the Dark
Iain Hearfield
4:14 $0.99
4. Old Ghost
Iain Hearfield
5:06 $0.99
5. Letter
Iain Hearfield
5:23 $0.99
6. Things
Iain Hearfield ;
3:26 $0.99
7. Sentenced To Death By the Blues
Iain Hearfield
5:48 $0.99
8. The Way It Goes (feat. Dave Samuel on bass.)
Iain Hearfield
2:29 $0.99
9. South
Iain Hearfield
5:39 $0.99
10. Red 1
Iain Hearfield
5:33 $0.99
11. Red 2 (feat. Dave Samuel on bass.)
Iain Hearfield
3:59 $0.99
12. Red 3
Iain Hearfield
4:39 $0.99
13. ..Things .. Passing
Iain Hearfield
0:52 $0.39
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Album Notes
Sleeve notes for the 'RED' cd from Steve Lally
When I first saw Iain Hearfield’s band Red Herring, I was suitably impressed by the tight three-piece unit that they were with a very full sound, essential in a trio but not always the norm. It quickly became apparent that Iain was not only an especially competent and refreshingly fluid guitarist; he was also an uncompromisingly masterful exponent of guitar special effects. Iain uses FX to create ambience and atmosphere and this adds to the bands fullness of sound. However it is so subtle, you are hardly aware of their use. I believe it is the atmospheric value of Iain’s music, both vocally and instrumentally, that puts him a cut above the rest.
The next time I saw Iain, I asked him if he had considered writing a blues album, after all, the cover versions of blues in the Red Herring repertoire were more than just competent, they were wonderful. Taking the CD album Howard’s Garage as an example of what level of excellence can be achieved by an independent artist, I had great faith in Iain’s ability to produce a high quality and quite possibly, a uniquely styled blues CD.
As Iain wrote and recorded tracks for this proposed CD, he sent me the pre- production drafts. The first three tracks I received were as impressive as I had expected. Some weeks later, I received another six songs to give my humble opinion upon. The sophistication of the recording just knocked me out. I played the tracks over and over again in my car, hanging on to every note. I marvelled at the clever overdubbing of the guitars, the melodic and riffy bass lines, the intelligent use of cymbals as accents, and most importantly, the way those components were blended so perfectly. Iain is as impressive as a studio technician as he is a musician.
All too often the term “Solo Album” is misleading where an established band member recruits guests and session players to produce the record. This would not ring true with Iain Hearfield. Apart from two tracks with Dave Samuels, the Red Herring bassist who happened to be passing at the time and had “itchy fingers”, Iain has sang, played guitar, bass and drums, and produced and recorded the whole album solo. No mean achievement.
Guitar buffs might be interested in the details of the instruments used during the recording of this excellent CD. Apart from Iain’s faithful Stratocaster, the tracks Solitary Man and Sentenced to Death By The Blues feature Iain’s Squire Venus twelve-string, whilst a De Armond Jetstar, closely based on Muddy Waters’ legendary Guild Thunderbird, was used on the third solo of Whats Goin’ On. An extremely rare Gibson solid 335S Professional, with its wonderfully varied range can be heard on Just The Dark and Old Ghost.
Another important aspect of Iain’s music is the lyrical one. The lines “Woke up this morning” and the like just aren’t part of this musician’s phrasebook. Instead we have hit-men, vampires and stalkers and even Baldock gets a mention, which is a change from Louisiana! Always interesting and covering diverse subjects, it came as no surprise that that Iain’s creativity with the pen came to the fore. On three tracks Iain’s music is coupled with the lyrics of Duncan Mangham. Iain emphasised the importance of this particular partner in music. This fruitful partnership was fused in the heat of the South African sunshine many years ago. Iain spent some time extensively touring South Africa’s Holiday Inn / Southern Sun circuit, honing his craft by night and following his hobby of photography by day. The partnership has spawned some fine compositions including the Red Herring repertoire staple “Flying Tigers” and the excellent “Howard’s Garage” inclusion “Complicated”. The song writing duo also came across the Red Herring drummer, Howard Evans (of Howard’s Garage Fame!) on the Dark Continent. The three have remained great friends ever since.
So to recap, I wrote earlier that I had faith in Iain Hearfield to produce a high quality and unusual blues CD. In hindsight, what is my opinion? Blues is an old musical genre but it has been breathed upon by the winds of time on this CD album. This is no high-gain Les Paul/Mesa Boogie supercharged highway to Hades and with respect to blues purists, nor is it a plantation dirge. Iain Hearfield has delicately crafted his own very unique style of 21st Century Blues. Here it is for you to enjoy.
- Steve Lally, Editor
Rock of the North.
Credits: All songs written and performed by Iain Hearfield copyright 2004.
Lyrics on 'Things', 'Sentenced..' and 'Just The Dark' Duncan P Mangham copyright 2004.
Recorded at KR Studios, Mexborough, South Yorkshire and at Uncle Brian's Studio, West London 2004.
Dave Samuel plays bass guitar on 'The Way It Goes' and 'RED2'.
Additional mixing by Douglas Kelly.
Mastered by Henry at SOUNDS GOOD, Theale, Berkshire.
Mark Pressling did the 'sceintific' stuff on the old Strat and the Venus 12.
All photography Duncan P Mangham.
Graphics by Gillie Weldon of GwR.
Font ref is Astonished courtesy of www.misprintedtype.com.
And Mick was the hound dog.
Thanks to Duncan for the lyrics, photographs and endless support.
A geat big thanks to Steve Lally for the sleeve notes, for his support and for coming up with the idea for this project in the first place.
An ibh Project 2004.
For Jacqui, Jean and David.



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Les Spaine

I love this album
I love this album, especially 'Old Ghost.' I've seen Iain play twice at The grey Horse (Kingston, England) not and he's absolutely fab!