Mack Winston & the Reflections, Live@Chessvolt 7/29/08

by Landry on September 20, 2008

mack-winston-reflections_05_luxury-wafers“For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Bob Dylan challenges Jeff Lynne to a game of Pac-Man in the green room at the Ed Sullivan Theater.” That was Peter’s description of the band’s track, Dark Dark Night.

An adaptation of a famous operatic orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1899 swarms the opening of the song like a dizzy hive of drunken bees that just got stirred up. It’s a brilliant composition with all of the elements to keep you eager for more till the last drop of the song.

Mack Winston’s clever lyrics are dappled with 4-syllable words. The combination of his alluring voice with strong rhythm section and the sweet extra compliment of Jesse, the keyboardist, on the house B3, concocts a hunger for the songs that creeps under your skin. There’s even a hint of the Doors (could it be that’s just because Ben, the guitarist, slightly resembles that guy……what was his name?…).

Anyway, this is rock ‘n’ roll, no foolin’ around. Intelligent, aesthetically pleasing, the real deal.

Awesome guys, too. We could have hung around all night, a few enjoying their ride on the NightTrain Express, geeking out about gear and enjoying the company.

Listen to the tracks (option/click to download):
Dark Dark Night
Kiss and Tell
Lust for You
Eyes Behind Me

Mack’s Myspace

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