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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alive Records
  • ASIN: B005I7UE5G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Your Own Invention
2. Love Is a Fever
3. Bottom to Top
4. Anvil & Chains
5. Dog Scratched Ear
6. Mission & Maintenance
7. The Walking Crawl
8. Heart On Fire
9. Gimme Back My Morphine
10. Across the Sky

Editorial Reviews

''Their primal, stomping blues-rock has earned them comparisons to other decibel heavy duos such as the White Stripes and The Black Keys'' The Western Mail

''A raw, fuzzed-out, garage-boogie attitude and a riff-o-rama sensibility. Their sound can be heavy as a 2000 lb. budgie, menacing as a back-alley swaying drunk, and when they crank up the riffing or let rip with some high-octane slide, it-s as transporting as anything by post-Mississippi Fred McDowell'' Pop Matters

Following on from a highly-praised debut, South Wales duo Henry's Funeral Shoe unleash their distinctive punk-energy-blues-drenched-rock 'n' roll, on second album 'Donkey Jacket', out November 28th.

Comprised of brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford, this second offering evokes images of the Deep South, rather than the Welsh Valleys from which they hail. With their incendiary guitars and heavy metal-like energy, fans of Seasick Steve, The John Spencer Blues Explosion and The Jim Jones Review should find much to like in Henry's Funeral Shoe.

'Donkey Jacket' features a number of guest appearances from a plethora of acclaimed musicians, including long time Van Morrison collaborator John 'Ned' Edwards on harmonica, slide guitar and mandolin, Pete Hurley of legendary 70s Welsh band Lone Star on bass, and Justin Beynon of the Broken Vinyl Club tinkling the ivories.

Taking its name from the coat worn by Welsh miners, 'Donkey Jacket', is a collection of rousing numbers ranging from the hard-hitting 'Love Is A Fever' and 'Anvil & Chains', to their contrasting softer side on acoustic-driven tracks 'Heart on Fire' and 'Across The Sky'.

Henry's Funeral Shoe recorded the album in Wales with Tim Hammill at the helm, whilst mixing duties were undertaken by Jim Diamond (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Go) across the pond in Detroit.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on October 11, 2011
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Going the reductionist power trio format one better, this Welsh duo features brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford on guitar/vocals and drums, respectively. With cues from the White Stripes, Black Keys, Two Gallants and others, The Cliffords buzz through heavy blues-rock originals that offer room for Aled to display his guitar playing prowess. Unlike the sonic pounding of labelmates Radio Moscow, Henry's Funeral Shoe takes a more nuanced, and less psych-influenced, approach to their jamming. Aled's playing follows more in the vein of British blues-rock giants like Peter Green and Rory Gallagher than metal or prog-rock players, and though he can pierce your eardrums with high, loud notes, he also plays slide and strums an acoustic on "Bottom is Top." The songs bear the influence of everything from Robert Johnson to The Who, amplified by the volume of metal and the ferocity of punk rock. The hammering power chords of "Dog Scratched Ear" give way to the dobro-styled intro of "Mission & Maintenance," which ramps itself into a howl stoked by Brennig's drums and John Edwards' harmonica. The band neatly ties together acoustic roots, early-60s electrification, late-60s jamming, early-70s excess and the late-70s punk-rock rebuttal; it's a heavy trip. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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And they sound damn good doing it. I can't get enough of these guys. Love the fuzzed out guitar tone. And the drummer beating the skins as if he's trying to break them. Killer! A couple throw-away tunes on here keep it from getting a 5 star. Looking forward to hearing more from Henry's Funeral Shoe.
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