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Skelly praises Red Devils in NME list

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2011 by J.J.

The Coral’s James Skelly is quickly becoming one of The Red Devils’ most outspoken supporters.

First he calls “King King” the best thing he’s heard all year, now he adds them to NME’s list of the “100 Greatest Albums You’ve Never Heard.” His thoughts are a little more detailed and expansive than what appeared in Mojo:

Until last year I’d never even heard of this. Our producer John Leckie gave it to me while we were recording “Butterfly House” and it blew my head off. The Red Devils used to play live in L.A. in all these little clubs and Rick Rubin loved them. So he just recorded them live in this club called King King. The band — all amazing players — just sound like they’re on fire. There’s something about the way Rick Rubin’s done it too, it sounds really special. He could have done it in the studio but it wouldn’t have been as good. With “King King” you can hear the whole atmosphere of the club — you’re there, you’re with them, Continue reading

The Coral’s James Skelly on ‘King King’

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2010 by J.J.

The January 2011 edition of Mojo magazine has a Red Devils mention, in the annual “The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year” section.

James Skelly, singer and guitarist from the psych-folk band The Coral, describes his newfound love for “King King”:

John Leckie played me The Red Devils’ “King King” album when we were in the studio and I haven’t stopped playing it since. It’s from 1992 and was recorded live in Hollywood’s King King club where the group had a Monday night residency and Rick Rubin produced it, and it’s the best thing he’s ever done and it’s the best live album I’ve ever heard. It’s like early Fleetwood Mac crossed with Robert Johnson and Nirvana and they have such an aggressive sound, it goes down so hot to the tape, which really suits them. The singer, Lester Butler, he died in 1998 from an overdose but he’s one of the best harmonica players of all time.

If that’s not enough, check out the four-star review for ex-Blaster Gene Taylor’s disc “Let Me Ride In Your Automobile” on page 101.

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