Stretch make a long awaited come back with their first new album in 34 years, appropriately called ‘Unfinished Business’. Explains lead singer Elmer Gantry: “The original Stretch imploded back in 1977. Now we’re back together and we’re very pleased with our new album. We’ve picked our favourite numbers from way back, including some I did in my very first band in 1962.”
Among the highlights of this 11-track CD is a new version of Stretch’s hit single ‘Why Did You Do It’ and ‘Flames’, a song first recorded by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. There are also joyful ‘covers’ of Willie Dixon R&B tunes, including ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ and ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’.
The revived Stretch features Elmer with original guitarist Kirby Gregory and says Gantry: “Kirby plays some very strong solos on the album and he’s playing better than ever. We recorded it all on tape and then transferred the tracks to digital, to achieve a more mellow sound.”
Stretch was one of the hottest rock blues outfits of the Seventies. They sound even hotter three decades later. And this time, they really mean business.