Missing in action since the full debut ‘Cock Tales’ with his band Cat Lee King & His Cocks, band leader turns solo performer for latest creation ‘The Quarantine Tapes’. The clue is most definitely in the title of this brand-new album in terms of the conditions under which this record was written and recorded, and no doubt impacted on any decisions to venture this project alone given the necessity and restrictions of recent lockdowns. Despite these restrictions, Cat Lee King comes out on top with ‘The Quarantine Tapes’ in a combined track list of covers and self-penned songs. Choices of song inclusions are given via excellent reworkings of Hank Williams’ ‘Hey Good Lookin’ that reveals plenty of raw guitar and feint yet distinct background hollers, to equally compelling covers of ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business’ featuring dextrous guitar work and eerily close to the original blues/rhythm and blues of ‘Meet Me Half Way’. Considering the DIY nature of this recording, Cat Lee King really shows off his musical chops by offering a musical class in different instrumentation, to overall production that provides no impression of this album being recorded “inhouse” given the often classic old-jazz clubhouse feel to most of the contents here. Special mention goes to those original compositions, particularly ‘Whoever Made You’; a warm jazz number with attractive supporting vocals (courtesy of his friends) complementing the deeper tones of the main man at the helm and that being none other than Cat Lee King. The platform is certainly there for Cat Lee King once the greenlight is given for all to venture outside, judging by the quality of ‘The Quarantine Tapes’ under current restrictions because the next creative output from Cat Lee King should be close to a masterpiece judging by the high quality evidenced here, and not forgetting the restraints of the underground conditions. Truly remarkable!