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Tony McPheeTony McPhee
Album: Foolish Pride
Label: Talking Elephant
Tracks: 10
Website: http://www.talkingelephant.co.uk

Foolish Pride is the second of Tony McPhee's solo albums. First released in 1993, it was the long awaited follow-up to 1973's Two Sides of Tony McPhee.

McPhee is known as the leader of The Groundhogs, who backed Champion Jack Dupree and John Lee Hooker on their UK tours in the mid-sixties.

Now Talking Elephant Records have re-released Foolish Pride and gives today's blues lovers to find out what a guitar magician Tony McPhee was.

McPhee played every instrument on this album of rocking blues. The guitar is at times mean and dirty but it grabs your attention throughout.

The title track gives you a good idea of what's to come - meaty riff-laden intro with tasty lead guitar, employing just about every trick in the book. It really is a masterclass.

There is really something for everyone - want some psychedelic slide guitar? Then listen to On The Run. There's more sublime grinding slide to be found on Took Me By Surprise.

The final track is a surprise - a slow acoustic-sounding ballad that features a killer guitar solo.

But what is really surprising is that McPhee is not mentioned in the same breath as other blues guitar luminaries. If you have never heard him then this is a perfect album to rectify that.

John Knighton