Philip Sayce: Scorched Earth Vol. 1 Review

Fans have been waiting a while for a full on Philip Sayce live album and on September 30th, Sayce released Scorched Earth Volume 1. Sayce previously released a half live album with Ruby Electric. Scorched Earth features seven tracks recorded live on tour at the Silver Dollar Room in Toronto. And fret not, while the album only has seven tracks, more Scorched Earth live releases are in the works.

The album opens with Philip playing a stripped down version of “Steamroller,” which then flows into the adrenaline rush of “Powerful Thing.” “Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman On Your Mind” from Influence is next and is crunchy, dirty, rocking blues. “Standing Around Crying” follows morphing into “Aberystwyth,” which has become a live staple. It’s a perfect example of a good studio track that becomes great in the live environment as Sayce really spreads his wings and lets loose with guitar wizardry. The funky groove of “Beautiful” from the Steamroller album is next and again, this is a track that works really well in the live environment. The same can be said for “A Mystic.” Then Sayce continues with “Out Of My Mind” from Influence, which is a ripping barnburner paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Scorched Earth closes with “Alchemy,” Sayce’s signature instrumental. It’s a smooth conclusion to a firestorm of an album.

Scorched Earth is a very appropriate title because Sayce burns down the stage with his playing throughout. If you’re looking for the live experience look no further. Bring on Volume 2.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman On Your Mind
– Standing Around Crying/Aberystwyth
– Out Of My Mind
– Alchemy

The Big Hit

– Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman On Your Mind

Review by Pete Francis

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Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete launched Blues Rock Review full-time in 2011 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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