The Munsons: Go With The Flow (Mufarang, 2009)
The Munsons are two finnish guys Tokela and Tommi Viksten. They spent so much time listening to old country boogie, rockabilly, hillbilly and honky tonk vinyls that they wanted to start making their own versions of the songs. Things moved on and soon they found themselves in Woodstock, recording a cover album at Levon Helm’s studio. The result of the recordings is this beautiful album Go With The Flow. I’m not familiar with all the originals, but most of them are old country and rockabilly favourites. The odd couple being Rough Boy (ZZ Top) and Go With The Flow (The Queens of The Stone Age). Rough Boy is especially a gorgeous version and reveals the beautiful core of the song that the 80’s production partly destroyed in the original. Other favourites are There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You, Home Of The Blues, Go With The Flow and Let Me Love You. The guitars sound great and the harmonies sound even greater, but I still keep one heart hidden until they deliver an album full of The Munsons originals.
The Munsons at myspace
Tonight’s love affair is Blue. I noticed a bunch of their records at the front page of notlame.com with some extremely monstrously high praises from Bruce Brodeen. As usual, Bruce was right and this is truly wonderful scottish pop music from the seventies. Pure melodic bliss and vocal heaven in the vein of Badfinger. I don’t know how have I managed to miss them before, but thankfully I now did notice them. Unfortunately the debut is already out of stock at Not Lame and the store at NB music doesn’t seem to work either at the moment. Therefore I have to settle for these youtube videos like these below for the time being.
Other than that, I today bought The Munsons album from 8raita and I’m really loving it. They’ve really recorded a killer version of ZZ TOP’s Rough Boy. You’ve got to love that one. But it’s not just that one song, the record is full of fabulous rootsy music. Anyway, I’ll get back to them later. If you are impatient, you’ll find their myspace here. However, a word of warning is in order. After visiting that link, you also might need to visit a record store.