Hear The Track Here
Artist: Terry Martin
Title: Angel By My Side
When I first reviewed the original Silvertrain track (January 2004) I wrote - in my own inimitable way of course - 'I mean, come on already, if this ain't a hit record wtf is?' and I see no further comment I could make betters that. In the intervening time, mind, I have started to understand that this is a GREAT song that anyone worth their salt would want to cover. It's a surprise, in fact, that this hasn't been done long before this and I suspect it has to do with the love most of us feel for the original. So what, then, does Terry bring to this already perfect jewel? Besides the stones the size of Chicago, that is... He's been performing this live - yep a living, [b]gigging[/b] musician - for a few months and it's shows in his professional delivery of this track. It's - obviously - a lot more basic than the original consisting of the man, his geetar and his voice, but nonetheless Terry fills the track up enough with passion and love of the subject (ie the GREAT song, if ya remember that far back...)
T'ain't all beer and skittles though because there are a couple of problem areas that I'm certain Terry is only too well aware of. In fact, I can see him wincing right now... There are a couple of distinct guitar fumbles and notes of the backside variety (think about it) and sometimes the voice gets to feeling a bit desperate for breath but all in all, this is a very commendable effort. To be sure, it's put a slant on an old favourite that I picked up on, so you might too. I think, ultimately, that it's Terry's interpretation of this that puts it over the top, and that kinda depends on whether you like and/or understand this whole man/woman with a guitar thing. I do, because it's where I came from and on that score, Terry is from the old school; precise and knowing when NOT to go overboard and if there is one track around you could go overboard on, Angel By My Side would be it.
Recommended. A welcome and restrained slant on a well loved original.