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The Masquerade

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The Masquerade
The Masquerade


Thoroughbred Music is delighted to announce the release of the legendary Mutter Slater Band's (MSB) album 'The Masquerade'. MSB breaks the genre stigma with a superb eclectic repertoire of Blues/Soul/Country Inspired Originals Played with Pride & Passion.

Mutter says of This Is Gold 'I remember that it was one of my quicker ones to complete. It's the initial guitar riff that got me into the basic two chords verse. The main melody followed quite naturally as did the next chord change. The music was becoming increasingly more positive in tone and the final chord sequence of the verse meant that the hook/title of the song had to be three monosyllabic words. This and the positivity of the music lead me to the tongue in cheek proposition that whatever you think 'This is Gold'. The Mutter Slater Band are gold to me, so it was quite easy to enter the spirit of this sentiment.)'

Mutter Slater was the front man and flute player for the 70's cult band Stackridge (produced by George Martin, signed by Elton John: a group that established itself as a firm favourite on countless stages throughout the land and appeared regularly on BBC TV's The Old Grey Whistle Test and John Peel's radio programs.

After Stackridge, Mutter returned to a life of quiet domesticity in the Southwest of England. The songwriting and performing bug eventually got the better of him, leading to the formation of his band and a return to the recording studios - Love & Hate 2006; Riding A Hurricane 2008 (produced by Billy Bragg) and 2014's Absobloodylutely. His own fabulous brand of American Blues, Soul and R'n'B

His songs reflect his primary interest in 60's American blues, soul and R'n'B as well as his persistent addiction to a 'half decent tune'. The music is warm, harmonically panoramic, and edgy. Lyrically it's intriguing; telling of human strengths and frailties and illicit loves, bar room observations, train rides, bus rides, long walks, and cosmic disintegration.

Mutter's voice has matured too over the years. It remains blue eyed soul at its finest, but the edges are softer and the range subtly extended imbuing it with more poignancy and meaning than had been heard before The Mutter Slater Band.


  1. Name
  2. The Party
  3. Let's Call It A Draw
  4. Treason
  5. Treason
  6. Party Reprise
  7. This Is Gold
  8. The Masquerade
  9. Heading For A Fall
  10. Troubadour Heaven
  11. Keep Me From Fear

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