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Treasure Island

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Nikki Sudden: Treasure Island

Nikki Sudden's first proper album since 1998’s Red Brocade, Treasure Island is a stunning achievement. It includes Sudden’s best songwriting in twenty years and boasts an all-star line-up of rock & roll hall of famers Ian McLagan (the Faces) and Mick Taylor (the Rolling Stones), as well as Terry Miles (Bernard Butler), Dave Kusworth (Jacobites), and Anthony Thistlethwaite (the Waterboys). With his motley band of expatriates exiled to Germany The Last Bandits (John Clifford Barry on bass and Stephane Doucerain on drums), Sudden & Co. crossed the German border into the UK and set up shop at John Rivers’ WSRS studio in Leamington Spa, a home away from home where Sudden has recorded a vast majority of his work during his extensive 30-year career — which spans his pioneering early work as a founder of the Swell Maps (whose two studio albums are being reissued on Secretly Canadian in late October), his albums with the revered Jacobites, over a dozen solo albums and the dark masterpiece Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc, his 1987 collaboration with Rowland S. Howard. “In true pirate tradition [Treasure Island] nails its colours firmly to the mast. Sure, there’s a powerful Stones influence on 'House of Cards', but it’s Mick Taylor himself guesting on guitar; and if elsewhere there’s an enthusiastic nod in the direction of The Faces, well, yep, that’s Ian McLagan on keyboards. BJ Cole and ex-Waterboy Anthony Thistlewaite show up on pedal steel and sax, and there’s even a female choir. Despite the star guests, it’s always Nikki’s album — one part Bolan swagger to two parts Keith Richards riffs — and it’s one of his best.” — Mojo