Rico Bell Dark Side of the Mersey
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- Released: August 9, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Bloodshot Records
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Personnel: Rico Bell (vocals, guitar, harmonica, accordion, melodion, keyboards); Phillip Brennan, Mark Creswell (guitar, background vocals); Roddy Johnston (fiddle, background vocals); Barkley McKay (keyboards); Phil Mayne (bass, background vocals); Hugh Whitaker (drums, percussion, background vocals); The Lloyd Sisters, The Auto Repairshop Choir (background vocals).
Personnel: Rico Bell (vocals, guitar, harmonica, accordion, melodion, keyboards); Phil Maynes (guitar, bass guitar, background vocals); Phillip Brennan, Mark Creswell (guitar, background vocals); Roddy Johnston (fiddle, background vocals); Barkley McKay (keyboards); Hugh Whitaker (drums, percussion, background vocals); Julie Lloyd, Lloyd Sisters, Auto Repair Shop Choir, Annie Lloyd (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mark Creswell; Bruce Wood.
Recording information: PeeBee's Garage Leeds.
Unknown Contributor Role: Hugh Whitaker.
Although Rico Bell might get some attention from alt-country or Americana fans, his primary roots seem to lie with singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen or John Hiatt, and his sound is closer to '80s roots-rock than to traditionalist country; the overly polished production on Darkside of the Mersey only strengthens that impression. However, Bell's skilled storytelling more than makes up for that minor flaw. His lyrics are deceptively simple, encapsulating complex emotions in everyday language, and the Snake Handlers have just the right touch in supporting him musically. All in all, Darkside of the Mersey is a pretty impressive effort. ~ Steve Huey
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