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Album Review

Those that take titles too literally may say that Ian Gomm's eighth album, Rock 'N' Roll Heart, doesn't rock all that at hard, at least according the traditional, four-on-the-floor definition of the term. They could argue that point, but they'd be wrong, because Gomm does have a rock & roll heart, and it's beating strongly on this winning, understated affair. This is rock & roll in the great pub rock tradition — laid-back, easy, tuneful, and warm, equally comfortable with a sly joke or a sweet love song. Gomm has assembled a strong set of songs — mainly sturdy originals, but also with a couple of choice covers, most notably the breezy opening cut, General Johnson's beach music classic, "Gone Fishin'" — and delivers them simply and appealingly. There are guest appearances by Russell Smith of the Amazing Rhythm Aces and Nanci Griffith (on the lovely "Don't Cry"), but they don't call attention to themselves, they blend nicely with Gomm's mellow, amiable vibe. This might not have the devilish abandon of Brinsley Schwarz at their rocking peak, but anybody who has loved Gomm's work since then will find that their own rock & roll heart is in the same place as his on this very, very nice album.


Born: 17 March 1947 in Chiswick, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Perhaps best known as one of the guitarists/vocalists for the seminal pub rock group Brinsley Schwarz, Ian Gomm began his career in music as an apprentice in EMI's mechanical and engineering departments. During his five years with the label, Gomm also fronted several R&B-inspired trios, opening for bands such as the Who, the Move, and Pink Floyd. By 1970, Gomm was ready to pursue playing music full-time; he quit his job at EMI on a Friday and was playing with Brinsley Schwarz by Monday. Gomm's versatility...
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Rock 'n' Roll Heart, Ian Gomm
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2001

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