Ben Poole

Anytime You Need Me

(Manhaton Records)



Poole returns with a new studio album, almost entirely own material therein and production by drum ace Wayne Proctor. I think I have known Proctor some twenty years now and his forte is capturing a crisp but rich sound for many artists, in the studio. He listens to the songs and creates an enhancement for each composition, working much in the manner of a tailor fashioning a garment from cloth. Because every artist has a different vocal timbre &/or phrasing approach, this does call for some acumen and effort. A quick look at the titles hints at songs on The Human Condition than any tales of gnomes and sorcery.

Starting track Anytime You Need Me uses a steady funk tempo and Ben’s voice is definitely in the Train/Maroon 5 range which suits the choppy beats and deep bass runs of the tune. Take It No More features grinding Hammond and fuzztone guitar for a fat sound whereas You Could Say brings in UniVibe tones for a very American sound for the instrumentation but not the vocal. I Found Out The Hard Way is steady but eerie and has some lovely almost confessional vocal work. The fuzzy motif of Further On Down The Line sure makes it sound like a set-starter, a Stevie Wonder tinge?

Dirty Laundry is of course the old Don Henley workout taken here as a deliberately concise tempo, for impact. Start The Car is naturally a driving song and sounds like a good setlist pick. Don’t Cry For Me works in Cray territory with exquisite bass and a moody vibe. Let Me Be brings a filthy, rusty sound and might be the most heartfelt song here? The 3-D production does bring it home. Last cut is Holding On, a heavy groove, a real band sound and my favourite inclusion on this meaty collection.

Pete Sargeant


Ben Poole’s new studio album ‘Anytime You Need Me’ is out now on Manhaton Records.

In addition, Ben will support the release with a Winter 2018 UK Tour.

For more information visit his official website here:

The November/December 2018 UK Tour will stop at the following venues:

Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Latest Music Bar, Brighton, United Kingdom

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – (Double headline with Stevie Nimmo), The Stables, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Friday 23rd November 2018 – Old Schoolhouse, Barnsley, United Kingdom

Saturday 24th November 2018 – The Meeting Room, Elland, United Kingdom

Wednesday 28th November 2018 – The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, United Kingdom

Thursday 29th November 2018 – Oran Mor, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Friday 30th November 2018 – Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom



Saturday 1st December 2018 – The Green Hotel, Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Früit, Hull, United Kingdom

Thursday 6th December 2018 – Real Time Live, Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Friday 7th December 2018 – The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, United Kingdom

Wednesday 12th December 2018 – The Half Moon Putney, London, United Kingdom

Thursday 13th December 2018 – The Musician, Leicester, United Kingdom

Saturday 15th December 2018 – The Railway, Winchester, United Kingdom