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Diesel - Under The Influence (2011 LP)

It takes a brave man to cover the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young, but Diesel has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Mark Lizotte aka Diesel's latest release Under The Influence is his attempt to capture some of the magic of these legends in his own unique way. Considering the alumni he tackles, the results are impressive indeed. Anytime a project like this rears its head, it will without a doubt garner much discussion and even its ditractors, but no one will be in any dispute that Diesel is a guitar fiend and this album will leave even the most pessimistic shredders satisfied.

So it's been over 25 years since young Diesel along with his Injectors left Perth to tackle the big bad world of rock. In this time, it seems as though he has done it all and with record sales heading towards the 1 million mark, you would be excused for thinking that he would be slowing down. That could not be further from the truth, with quite possibly this being his most challenging and unique release. The album is classic blues at its core, although indeed it provides stylistic range from R&B through to classic rock.

With this album, Diesel celebrates 25 years on the scene and he honors some of the key influences in his music, hence the title. Featuring 15 tracks in total, the album includes mostly covers, although these are well fused with 3 fantastic original Diesel instrumentals (Thang 4, Thang 5, Thang 6). Stand out cover tracks include The Sonics' “Have Love, Will Travel” which includes a cameo from Jimmy Barnes and my personal favorite, Neil Young's “Cinnamon Girl”. Other pleasers are “Caladonia” and “Reconsider Baby”.

As ecclectic as the songs are, so are the artists covered from Henrdrix through to the Sonics. It showcases the skills of an Australian rock icon and captures a raw sound that will be great to hear on his current “Under the Influence/25 Year Anniversary” tour.

Review Score: 8/10

Diesel's Under The Influence album is out now.