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The album’s second half is marked with a brooding, minor blues – a song which didn’t exist before the band took to the studio – and a real tour de force. With less than an hour left to play with on the last day of principal recording the guys jammed the backing track chord changes and let the tape roll. What you hear is the first time the song had ever been played from beginning to end in one improvised take. Matt subsequently wrote and recorded top line and lyric, which pays tribute to recently fallen comrades, bassist Mark Smith, drummer Chris Dagley and singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin Thorpe – lovely people and great musicians who left us much too soon and are sorely missed.

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Gone Before ((Dyke/Graham/Martin/Taylor)

So many friends have passed
Maybe now I'm at that age
Now they know better than anybody
That this world is truly just a stage
And the curtain fell but you left us wanting more
Now you're gone, gone, gone before

I've had the thrill of loving
I've had my fill of lies
But it was truly something
To ever have known you guys
And we're left behind to mind the store
Now you're gone, gone, gone before

So long to the dear departed
We'll keep on keeping on
Try to finish what you started
Because the show goes on for the broken hearted
Now you're gone, gone, gone before

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from The Motives feat. Matt Taylor, track released June 11, 2012

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The Motives feat. Matt Taylor London, UK

A new band project brings together some of the finest talent from the European blues scene. The Motives draw their musical inspiration from 40s New York, 50s Chicago and 60s London, combining Matt Taylor's electrifying guitar work with Jonny Dyke's virtuoso hammond and piano over a rock solid rhythm section of Roy Martin on drums and Andy Graham on Bass. Their new album is released in June 2012. ... more

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