Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26th, 2013 - Blue Boar Murder

Hello friends!  The Meista here with another pairing for you today... a Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar  Ale and Blue Murder's self-titled and brilliant debut album from 1989.

Blue Murder is one of the most underrated bands from the late '80s/early '90s in my opinion.  They only put out two studio albums, but both are smokin' hot!  The debut album, "Blue Murder" is a rockin' beast of a hard rock/metal album and a favorite of mine.  Originally (and on this album) a power trio made up of guitarist extraordinaire John Sykes (Tygers of Pan Tang/Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/Sykes), fretless bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm), and monster drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra/etc.), Blue Murder is a powerhouse of talent and rock and roll sensibility.  Steeped in classic rock and metal, Blue Murder's songs are wonderfully crafted gems in the tradition of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake.  Sykes guitar work is poetry... worth every penny spent on this album!  His rich tone, his impressive vibrato, and driving chords are absolute magic!!  Coupled with the power of the rhythm section along with Syke's vocals (definitely underrated), you have a perfect sound!  Songs like "Riot," "Sex Child," "Valley Of The Kings," "Blue Murder," and the epic "Ptolemy" will knock you on your ass while the classic "Jelly Roll" and "Out Of Love" are both just breathtaking.  Also, the finale, "Black-Hearted Woman" sounds almost like classic "Thunder And Lighting" era Thin Lizzy!  Wow... this album is so very, very, very good!!

Low in alcohol and bitterness, and well carbonated and well attenuated, the Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale is brewed with North American Select Pale and Caramel Malts, and Pacific Northwest Cascade, Willamette, and Cluster Hops. It pours a light, pale straw color with a frothy, white head that dissipates quickly.  The nose is very mellow with only a hint of skunky hops and fresh malts.  The flavor is also mellow, but satisfying.  There are notes of crisp hops, sweet malts, and blue-blooded American grains.  It goes down easy and has a nice, clean finish.  Nothing real complex here and thin enough to easily throw back a few, but with a decent backbone, the Blue Boar is a crisp session brew that is great for the fast-paced rock and roll power that is Blue Murder!

(Side note: I came within inches of an interview with John Sykes about 10 years ago, but some @$$*0!& manager got in the way and killed it.  Is it just me, or are most music promoters and managers pretty much useless and basically the downfall of any artistic integrity in the music industry?  To hell with most of them I say!!  Haha!)


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